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January 4, 1930

The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania · Page 9

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 4, 1030 THE DAILY COURIER, CONNEI LSVITJL/E, PA. w Beatrice Grhnshaw J ---~a^-- · SAt r(HS CwwHrl'1 )W«* Haul" S Co Mon have (;on« down to Che South Seaa, staved u few montlui or a yoar or two and hfiva come back and written novels of varying: degrees of uc- curacy; mostly romantic, glarnovoua Una colorful ttilaa which havo captured PUbtlo Interest. Not on« of them Has ttu authenticity ol the novels ef Boat- rloo Orlmahaw. All of the other South Ssas wrlt*rs combined havo not equaled hor output of utorles, neither hava they «.tta,!nod to r.nythlnfr ilka her hugro audience In Europe, America and other parts of tint world. During nsaHy a quarter of a century »h« has lived In that rom»nU4 district and has written Its novels -tor about the aarao length of t!mo. 3ha ha* aalled tha sapphire and turquoise- tltttod watoi'a and vleltod the 6p!oe- noented, troplc-ladsn, .coral-bulit atolla tnd Inlands from Papua to the limits of Polynesia nnd groups farther eastward. Sh.o know* no; only the various typos of natives, but also tho polyitlot specimens of humanity that have b«'0n attracted from other parts of I h o world; nnil she has Brst-hand knowledge of the physical attributes a n d the Horn «nl fauna of .that fascinating section of the glebe. Beatrice Gi'unshaw is an authority on tho South Sens. She draws with a nuro hand whethr sho b« depleting world vngcabonds and beach-eombara, natives, traders, sailors, gold hunters, explorers, government ofllclnls or ad- vt'oturom of type. Abovo all sh« draws tho coufljry, with Its waters. Ho mo:intalns. ito verdure and Its dt- tached mystical characteristics Arid with It nil uhc has tho g-lft of romanticism: the a b i l i t y to construct plots and weave the fascinating elements of th» region Into novels One ha« never read a real South Soan atory u n t i l ha has read the ilctlon of tieatrlce Grlm- shaw. CHAPTER I The cigar was unwontedly good; It had made me peaceful and dreamy--· that, or the ronctlon after the fuss of getting aboard and nwny. At all events, 1 Icanid bnclf in the cushioned smoke-room chair, and gave myself up to enjoymont; let the sounds nnd sights and the smells of the great liner flow pleaeantly over me. They were all them, tho things that I hnd known and forgotten. And the beat, bent of the great steamer heart, that was to carry on, day nnd night, u n t i l Hongkong; and tho barpiy beard, long wash of rhc Cora! sea, rts we ran north from Cairns In Q u e e n s l a n d / u p towards Torres strait*, through all IhiJ sapphire and topaz glory of. a tropic winter dny. . . . I hud the sum of on" hundred nnd se%emy-two a lid pounds, mine since ye.sturday. In the cure of the ship's majestic purser. There's nothing makes n man feel so Innocently drunk, us n h a t f u l of cash, whon he has been a long time short. This cash of mine was the result of a lucky win In a sweep on the English Derby; n o t h i n g more respectable t h a n t h a t -- b u t the strictest punst could hardly have found f a u l t w i t h ipy wny of spending It. r wns down In Cnfrns upon business (very s m a l l business and cheap) when the windfall came; and wisely, I decided to go home ut ouco. Instead of willing for the monthly B. H. boat. One treat I m u s t have. I decided; and I he call of t h e C'nliirnrn suggested Iti k i n d , i would speivl eight of my precious pounds on n two-day run to Thui'Kfbiy Island, and get back thcnco to Mew Guinea by cutter. For two days, I would dreum that I was back In the spacious dnys of Home and rlclu'n; the .vcnrs when my father owned n fine country house, nnd d smallish town house, and" I had been going to be nn English squire, eoma time or other, and Ufo and society and tho "right people," and whnt ono was going to do with oneself a f t e r Harrow and the 'Vdrstty had nil been changeless, solid aa fixed stars. N o t h i n g Bolider t h n n that house, the long uvcutie with the flrs nnd the crackling grovel, the cottages and farms that wore ours, the garden nnd I t s strange old-fashioned roses--rice roses. Scotch yellow, moss roses, cabbage. Nothing; more suro than tha passing for ever nnd over the same, of those slow summers nnd winters In the north rf England cllmnto; pnlo suns and pretty, passionless (lowers, rain nnd short d.nyw nnd snow. Every- t h i n g set. unalterable. , , . In K half hour, It WBB swept awny. My father fell dend of unsuspected heart trouble. Tho solid house, the lira nnd the n venue, the* cottages and farms, Hnrrov/, Cambridge,. the "right people," the net, unalterable wny o£ living, nl! went down tho winds of tho, world together, swept by the satna great hurricane. tTa hnd speculated. Anyono can Ull In tho rest, That wan In '14. Tou know whnt followed. I eighteen years of ago, hearty and husky of built]. Therm was only ono thing to do; 1 In '10, demobilized, nsed twenty-three, I faced the world with sotna scnra nnd medals ti uiy credit; also two crossos. Nothing much more. I had been in Egypt I Mesopotamia.. Thu «un lands had got ma. ! toik np ! land In Australia; f a i l e d ; went north ' and north; lurded nt last at Papua. I ' hnd a Hradlns store ut the wild wtyt t «nd of tha country. I WUH some jefln ' ohlt-r. a Httlo svlaur, 0 llttlu touglior j than even the war had l e f t tuo. The j wild lamia hud marked mm for their { the double fate that was to change tny life. It began In the oddest manner conceivable. I had anJshed my cigar, looked at myself in the long, mirror as I strolled out on Uecfc, and decided that I was at least 'not. unpresentable. I was in a peaceful mood; I found a chair, and dropped Into it, wishing I knew how to purr like n isat; for I felt that way. I WHS simply llftod out of the chair, before J $ had time to settlo down, by shrieks 'proceeding from forward, where tliere wns u wide unoccupied opaee of deck. Glrla' uhrleks--at least three were in It; aijd they were screaming fit the top. of their voices. Of course I madr for the space of forcdeck, extremely ready to come to the aid of beauty in dlstreas, I don't know what I expected;'certainly tt wns not what 1 snv. Three ship's officers, attin-d In all their tropic glory of white Jrlil and gold, were cantering dowji .tho deck like hort.CH. On tho shoulders of each sat, astride, an extremely pretty girl, And, on th«,t jeweled day of aqua- t o r l u l winter, t wan on board the Mist- em liner Catncaru, having my treat i w i t h no t h o u g h t of a n y t h i n g but a couple of days' enjoyment, under circumstances tl-iit hnd been mine, and \ s r r e n o t ; w i t h no ilrcnm of u n y t l i l n x f i i t r u l . a u y t t lii^ alynlliciitn, i n tlu: brii-f Journey 1 w u a merely isolinj h(i(-k to P n r u oy "T I." 5o t ihoughi. W h n t I did n ) t kiunv ( -- j o u rcinum- b ^ r : you did not UIKHV--) wua I Ono of Them--a Tall, White-Limbed Lass With Red-Bobbad Hair--Wad Apparently Winning. dressed In a b a t h i n g suit of the kind known 113 "one-plo-'Q." The girls hnd jockey caps on their heads, and they were llos^'ng their mounts along with silk liiuidKcrchiefs, and screaming encouragement ut the top of their rather high voices. I saw a l l this in a moment and guessed, w i t h o u t much dlfllculty, that I h u riders were thceo musical comedy actresses, going to Join a revue com- puny t o u r i n g the Fast, of whom I hnd heard when taking by passage. Ono of them--u tall, white limbed IOBS with red bobbed hair--was apparently w i n n i n g ; her mount, the rhli-f officer, was yards ahead of the resit. I snw that. 1 'saw, too, the face of r girl on the opposite side of tha d e e k ; staring hard at the racers; she h; d a profile like nn Italian coin, dark hair close shingled, and exceedingly blue eyes. That face held me for an I n s t a n t ; it was as If the owner hnd suddenly called. . . Then I saw wiiat made me leap across the deck, ie«r off my jacket and fling myself over the rail of tho Catacara, down thirty feet into the sen. In the excitement of winning, the red-hnlred girl h n j let go her hold of the chief oftlcer'a forehead, waved hor arms, and lost balance completely. They were near tho m i l ; she began to topple, nnd I saw gho was bound to go, I didn't wait for her to f a l l ; 1 sprung first t t h i n k we went through tho nil- almost together; she struck the water about .flfi soon as I, and wo both went down. Irs o smother of foam nnd boiling bluo. \Va catno up well In the rear; when 1 hnd grabbed t | ln K [ r i i ttn( j got t n o water and my own Imlr out of my eyea. 1 could ooe the stcnmor'a immensely tall a tern already hundreds of yurds away, and leaving un as if no. bndy Imd soon us fa overboard. Of course they h a d ; they worn getting a bont out, end taking tho way off tho ship, as q u i c k l y as might be-- j btit If ever you h r v e own left in' tha | midst of tho luhoi,jlt«blo ocean by n Ilnor running at l u l l spend, you w i l l reftllae t h a t I had plenty of time to grnsp UM s H M B t i n n ; plenty of tlm», too, to wonder II v,o werun't bath likely to bo drowned before holp could reach tin. Because the red-huirod girl, in spito of her ataco b a t h i n g costume, couldn't sw|m at oil. · Sho was plucky; no ono could havo beee pluckier, 8I)n gasped a good bit, but did not cling; she did as t told her, put her h c n d t on my shoulders, and let her legs pwtng out to support her. "I--J can llo it--a bit." oho snld chokingly. "I--I'm nor a scrap afraid Never sny die; t h - ' h n t ' s my motto." If she wua not afraid, I was; abominably so, Boenna I hnd soon somo- thing Bho, with her face toward wy buck, had riot 8fie»; something I dkl not want hor to aeo, A black, »lmrp finger, tlte I ngor of dr/ah, and ugly dentil, Umt b'-clcnmid to us both. I Mldn't need 10 !«ok nt the Ciitucnni -- now motionless, a Innj} way off--to know that the ho i t hud lowered ! stood em i:hniiL'ft li thin l l f n - u n d - t f o n t h \ raci». I knew whi t n h l i u r l c could do In t i i u WM.V of it; (.'till, u hun OUCH It , act'iiicd food, Tl IB ^titirk wns only vrut8liig--tso I tlioi j f h t -- b u t If it uitide u[) Its m i n d to at! u-k us, t w e n t y MHO- oiirls would aee 't e fltslBh. Thj? shotjf won j ayjjja t^jjlout*: *ia- CHAPTER , it's so nioe to be with yow again," Enid said aa she and , Pauline ant on Pauline's voranda with Duvc. Enid 8}ghed and looked off to the mountains which she loved. The fiun was going down behind them. "And I've something- to tell' you.-" She lowiired her eyes. "I'm tfoing to have a baby in April-" "Oh--^Enid---I'm so happy for you," and Pauline's arms were around her in true sympathy, for Pauline had long wished for a child for hergalf. Jihild hnd suddenly attained a reveled importance in her eyes. "That's g«'e«t, Enid," said Dave proudly. 1 hope you'll have to name him Richard Grant." Richard Grant--Her son--yas-- the felfc it would be a son and yet not quite, (rare. A little girl would be sweet--but a eon for Dick. "It's too b a d ' N e d had to leave just now," said Pauline. "You're cfuite bravo to have allowed him to so." "I didn't tell hint," explained 1'lnid. "You see itwaa auch a great chance for him and I knew that if J told him he would have tried to givo it up. So I dime out here to you and Pauline." "1 call that beinp n good sport," declared Dave, proud of his sister's epparent unselfishness. "And then I wanted that doctor you told mo about in Ran Francisco," added Enid. "Dr. Gibbona---you couldn't do better. Ho'a splendid----one of tha best in the country." "Will you go to a hospital?" *sked Pauline. "T thought 1 might take a little apartment," replied Kpid. "Well, there's ono thing. You'll stay right hej - e until it's time for it iy happen," declared Dave. "It would he lovely if you would l«t me," siprhcd Enid. The peace of it--to be there in her little cabin--where Dick had held her in his arms. It seemed f)kn their home, f he had no other now. "Just thin_k," said PntiHnp, "next week will be Christmas. I never can get used to it without «old weather and snow." "It doea seem strange," mur- raured Enid. "Next year you'll have, a Christ- niis tree for the baby," said Pauline wistfully, "Yen," Enid smiled, "Let's all try to get together for Christmas next year," RU#- j-ested Dave. "This one IB all wrong." "Yes," agreed Pauline, "with Ned gtjno. . . . " "And mother." whispered Enid. In.vid put his nand on hers and t'ney were quiet, thinking of the happy days of their childhood-the tree and burning candled Christmas night." Christmas--Nod should have re- ealved her letter by now--or at least in a few d»ya. She'd aent it c^re of the Oil Company as Ned had directed. That wns the quick- cat way. They would forward it to him. It would reach him Burely at Panama. HQ and Dick were to bu there for Christmas, after making severnl stops en route. But no answer came at Christmas--no word--they must be on the high seas. Sho would have heard something 1 --why not a radio --that v/as possible. But then they Yfere BO far away and she was so far away--anything: might happen. It esine on New Year's Eve: "Arrived Panama. Glorious EOWB. God bleas yon. Happiest year of our lives. Take care of yourself. AH love. Ned." Ajnd one from Dick to Dave: "Hiippy New Year to all." "Dick." Enid know that mepsago was for her. They eat in Pauline's cabin that evening and when it came near ,JI:30 Dave produced a bottle of champaprno and tliere in this mountains -- not ( a sound -- no y/histleo or bells isr people scream- ine--they (saw tide New Year in. ''Happy New Year, Enid." said Dava, coming: over to kiaa ills ato- tcr after he hud kissed Pauline / Grant Grier. Richjxrd Grant Grier- Grant. Bnld'a Vyus filled t raised her fjlnss to Da\ Paulino with a bra^e' eKo. smile. Dave walked over to hei with her. Onea there c down in front, of the fire 1 self. · New Year's H^e iiad impressed hor with n certai ing of awe--(since fibre, was she had felt a mystery abb long years npo, whon she little gir! and henrd the Now York, she had nlway just n little fHRhfaivRd. A new year. Stepping o 1 threshold of a dark u n k n o w ) vansnry--whene' would H le --r-ancl no nloni'. Sho had, 'always been D before sleepim;; in her cab?a But now it wns conquerc* had to' be brave. '5ho ecu be timid. Shu.would be cc ous for her s'oti--hor flor must be hr^vs and ..g:allarr ·like his father. icliard nd she ; and t at a cabin IQ sat y her- ilways i .feel- i child It it-r- was a iip of ween er the eara- id her alone. . -She d not r-liko a i, c have been his wife--why must he bow his head in shame in the midst of his rejoicing--what had he done? Ned--what would they do?, It had been hard enough to be with old Ned and fee! hie hand on his shoulder before--but now-The dziyn before sailing- were full. Ned and Diek hardly Jjpoke to each oth^r. The .minuta he had learned through" tho company thjjt Ned had left Chicago, Dick tried to rench Eni.l OIA the telephone-three thousand miles away--rbut it 1 would be her voice---she must want to say something; eiso bo'him. He'd tell her over the telephone that' he loved her--loved her 'as he had never loved her boforo and that whatever she did about telling N,ed would bo all right--p_er T haps she would come to him without telling--that would be wrong -and Nod was on his way---- . "Plazu 33789 ha« been discon-i nested." , · ' Disconnected--that was strange -why hnd their number boon din- connected --- where wan Enid--what hnd happened to her? tr 'Enid'» t:omi ig West while Ptn gone. But this New Year, frightened her. Tkia was not like a wood-rat on Ih or deer in the brush. Where wercj Dick and this New Yetr'a Eve? Pi yea. The cable hnd indicate But what werf they doing? they thinking of her'' If on wouldn't think of her, it wo better. But IMck-- Pick and Nt:d weie nt th, ment in the Union Club in P --champagne, Inughter, ba the orchestra jjo-lng wild, ev Bcreaming, confetti, bells, i streamers of green, red, paper ribbons, silly paper h ?veryone. Happy New \ ear. Now Year If he could only hare r her on the telephone that da: Chicago--"No, Mrs. Grier T* at home." Later he tried. Grier has not ?cturn«»d yet," Later Ned would be thot thone days on the train- baby." She had said that baby." That was why she told Ned. Enid going: to 1 Laby--his baby. Grant GocSI thin wonderful tiling hnve c. him? Now, nha wns his. N could eve* take hor awaj hJnu He raiced her on r higher p«detital tuai wort from far below. Re wished to ehrtek Ms diaplay his prido--tell eve --his Enid w*n (rolng to gt a child -- hia Enid--bis loi This "Cairo of nama, I thnt. Wore y Ned jtd be t mo- inama loons, ryone ittloB, aurple its on lappy ached from as not "Mrs, -"our "our ladn't AV« a Could me to jthmgr from fen a lipped joy-- ybody e him »--his God--hia ii»}fe--why e- uldn't He thought. Ho couldn't losk Dave. Why ahould he be telephoning- Enid m New York from San Francisco. . . . Couldn't do anything, Hampered -- restricted -forbidden to communicate with his beloved. ' Where was she? Wsus uhe nil right? The day of nailing 1 . He'd try aguin. He waa out of his father's bouse by BIX o'clock in the morning. Very quietly he crept down the stairs -- hlji mother would think it strange his groinp out at that hour if H)IO heard him. Six o'clock -- nine o'clock New York. That may have be«n a mistake -- tho»e operators do moke m intakes. He pnt tho «»11 in. The Hnei would be clear now -- thia early. He waited. The operator in the hotel -- between other calls enid cheerfully. "Ploaa 83789 ' Is disconnected. Any other number?" Wnat did it nil mean? And there wan no way of hia finding cut. tt wns not nritil a week later lying out on the hot deck of the steamer that Ned. had spoken of it. "Enid's coming West while I am troue. She's ?oing to Serana with I)avi and Pauline. She was so miserable when I left. It wrw tough that I had to leave fort at thla Ms*o." Just at time -- did ha know his hands aoddenly ntnlted to perspire. (To b« Cnntlnuoe) Tomorrow) (MmticM. 1»2S. br Helen BcittnMtiwn tar Kit* I-«.i»r« Sirottcit.. TOE-OLD HOME TOWN No -NO -TWK YOU SAY-THEY SNOVW MUST ATON»,J« FIRST JAKE SLATER,, TH" SECCPNP HANK HIBBAP NEXT ASA SHEETS, HE STILL OWES -ON THEM HALF ILL. MAKE A NOTE OF -- THJSK* 01-' THE FOUR S , vA/ER-S G J U I O K . U V «BoHt{ aomlnfr Roaror with evarjr Uafc "t*oli hore," I enld ifud- "aj'o you aama to do just whivt aomyj "uro you gnmn to cto just t toll; you and ask no q u c a U o n a t " ' "Aren't It Try ins." "Tllpn put your month down to the renter, nnd blow as litrd an you can." Shrj stared i was alwtit to apeak--· but floinolhitijj In my fi-ca (t t h i n k ) checked hor. Awkwardly she bout her lips to the swoyliig greti i that barely held ua u p ; strug,{Um?lY but determinedly blew. ! blew also. Bubbles went streaming frpto our lips under water; a string of'silver bells, « web of penrla. Years njo. In mid-Pacific, I hml heard about this w iy of UeuplriK off Wmrks; "had evert ,soen thu gfrls who swam in the Pntsnlon-blue pools of Nluo, blowing bubbles every now and then, Just as a measure of precaution. . . , But wan then} really a.iyUdug In \\1 Had nny hnmnn creature, aUacked, or In danger of attack e\er kept away these tigers of the deep by merely puffing bubbles a t ' thena? I didn't know. I only knew that there was nothing else to do, It waa Impossible to go on b l o w i n g forever, Wo halted, for a rest. By thla time tho girl had c e n n l n l y gue.^ed what wan happening; but situ snld never a word. Her laughter, Her M l l y bravado, had vanished; be held to my shoulder with a clutcU of iron, and her breath came abort us sobs, but she still kept her head, : t i l l refrained from grabbing or hampei ing mo. I looked nt the tin aga.n. "0--d," I said, and didn't know ; spoke, "it's coming"--for It hud tu. ned ercl on, and I nnw it ns a black .spike sticking out of the water, Incredibly huge. I put my mouth down again, nnd blew--blew till my lun?s were one hot pain all down my back. The black fin poised, I felt the girl's finger n«Us like claws I n ' my neck; heard her spluttering uselessly Into the water, game to the last swung h e r round, I don't know how. so as to get my body between' h»r n n d t h e sea tiger that was hungering for our blood; saw It go off w i t h a ru-ih Ilka n torpedo, and thought the e-ul was come. What I had forgotten nbout was the boat. I don't think for a inn nent that our blowings and bubbling ).nd any effect upon the shark, other t n a n to excite Us curlonity. It WHS the near approach of the ship's w! nlcboat, furiously rowed, that gnvo It luuso. Pause, I say, because, when i h e boat hud dashed between us and tho shark, and four strong arms ware busy hauling us up over the run wale--a thing that can't be done In seconds try how you may--the flhartc sudden, 1 y seemed lo realize that Its dinner ·nas leaving It, and made such a determined char^o that the sailors had to flj;ht It off with all the available onra. They'got us Into the boat, nnd iii«» chief had a tot of w h l A y reudy. t never saw a man look more as If ho wanted one hlirsolf, lut that WHS small wonder; if he bad not been plnylng the giddy gont, nothing would have happened. I think I told him as m u c h ; also, that I was n o t In the least cold, nnd woul» have B dry shift In ten minutes; didn't ne-pd a drink. The lady, I said, had better have one. She and he shared t. Her fnce looked very white, undo" her ivet rod hair, and 1 d u r a say ,10 .any have thought she would take :old; an) how, he put his unlfoi.n coat round her. and was ranking all fast with his arm when she wriggled apart from him, nnd flung herself down en tho sent beside me. "I'm going to sit neit the bravest man I 'Kver met," shi" said, her breast heaving up and down " ry fnst u n d e r the white nnd gold coa'. I saw she waa almost In hysteric*. BO I simply nnswcred, "Hats. \Ve fe'l over together." And nobody inld ...lyrhing more, till the whnlebont nosed ngnlnst the ship's side. When they got us on board, H wan the very devil for live minutes. Peppie came and shook my i i n n d , is ml told m I wns n brnve m a n ; somo of them thumped my bnck; Hcveial wnnted ma to coma nnd have a drink. "We nil know Gin-Sling la game,"' said somebody, ''but you're gainer/ 1 "We couldn't have dlone w i t h o u t Jinny," cut In some one olse. "No, Ity Jove!"--"Jinny for ever 1"--"Gin- Sline's preserver"--"Hooray I' 1 They would have It; I wns fairly mobbed. I could h a r d ' y get fo my cabin for a change of c'othes without being carried on the ahouldora of the crowd. Hut that 1 w \a dotormlned n/iaip«t! I ollpped down n steward's companion, n»d got awi y. I dropped on tho I t u n g e ; It wns Homo Umn before 1 ov sn t h o u g h t °f dragging off. my g o d d c n shoos, nnd shedding my wot clothing. 1 hnd not touched the chief offli cr's llualt, or accepted the c h n m p n g n a t h a t oihors hnd boon anxious In uot'ork for mn but J wan drunk, mind and body, on ono look that I hnd caught no 1 on mo slowly-- drenched w i t h veurinoHS nnd wet--np tho ahlp'B ladder, A look from bluo eyos below hlyck shingled hnir, ' A look that omii u girl's f a i r soul nt my foet. CHAPTER II 1 nwolta next morning w i t h 11 nnmn ·upon i«,v lips; a name 1 had heard Hia Slight before, "Pin I.nuricr," It sotimeiS to mo--as it does Hi 111--the (iweclest, daintiest EirPp name In the world. I know nil nbout it, ton, how Miss Pla Liiurlei 1 , of Hie bltio nycu nnd tha black shlngla, hni}, limi nn Italian grandmother! how tho grnimlir.othor lind bequeathed her n profile n n d fi pretty fortune and a f v o t t i o r nnran; how, to cotifiO[UiMioo, MUs Pin waa if more Jmporlance In h«. / - family--one of the .Nnw Boutli \ViUeM sinmttor lliiiti elder brothers and sU- How tnuch her psrenta t h o u g h t of h(jr, wild how very, ,'ory ourefully they hnd brought her «|\ Hhe w«8--n»e felt It n ono'u bonos -^-H vory reliicnnmtlon of that gra- c'ods, t l i l c i i r.,.,..i.' 1,-oni I Istorlt 1 V c r u n u HI hud 'Jut her uiat'b 'ijion tho Lnn- iM i P:i llfty yenr» uijo, l j ln, !ilo IKM- \vnuld tl a hoiine-rnlstresB; slip would |iu a mulher; she would. l»e, uliove and beyond all, t l m uiipreiiie, niru luv«r. pure as Bprlngwatur, u i i ' l ii.isHioiiate ns a w.'d Verona mse from t h « b;il- cony of Vtti'ona'8 di!itihUii,s girl. , , , Jt didn't fiome na ti eti x-k--quite the ', boeuuse J nui ' ' w c n i i f i h con- nlniodt a l l -- t o remember this Mftd^rg i'J.'^'^'L'i'J lP"iUl "l' V PAGJ5 NINE. tlo~ wltli tho best of lier bro'tTierB", and owned a diamond bracelet won on C.e public nice course of Ilandwlck. tt made mo all tho more In love with hor. Because, of course, that minute when I mot hor eyes as I cnme np the gangway, and knew that my fool'ah feat had won me i'la's heart. 1 suppose one Is a l i t t l e mad, when ons la asleep, to judge by the general of dreams. I suppose, there- foru. that one i,s h a l f a little mad, when half awake. It was the arrival of early morning coffee that spoiled lialf-wnklng dreams, for me. Once I hnd d r u n k it, the ck-nr eold light of. runHon seemed lo mingle, in that cabin, with the red of growing day; to tell me that I had better gut up and bathe and dross, and remember, of, all things, that I was leaving the ship tomorrow. "\S'bcn you are about It," added that chill monitor, "you might as well recollect thut you haveu't two hundred pounds In iho world, no people, now/ \vluj m u t t e r ; no position, and no pros- pecta. Put that In your plpo nnd smoke It." I hud managed an Introduction r , o easy ship-made friendships for tho daughter of the Luurlery!--) and en- Joyed juat nbout hve glorious minutes of I'lu's company, before the doctor, r-iiriio him, cnmn along apologizing and g r i n n i n g nnd r e m i n d i n g Pla that It waft conceit n l g l i l , and that she wa duwn f u r N u m b e r 1 »ro. So we Ijnd t o brruk off and hurry into tlie star(rig, glUtc-niif; niiJHlc bnloou, in company w i t h c v p r j h o d y elsi. There had )!;n no more t n l k w i t h Pla l.aurifr t h a t n i g h t ; lor t h « con- r'ort lusted the usual long time, and ' when it wus^ ovor, I'ia's relations, uotnehow, seemed to bo everywhere 1 , monopolizing hor--maybe b.v u c d d e u l , maybe not. Ami I .should have goiiu very hu igry to beti, bad It not been for t h e crust I took w i t h me. That crust wtia I'ia's .son';. Hhe sang p a r r of J,lz:i Lchinatin's exquisite birdsong -ycle; K p n d l n g me to my cabin wltti (he .sound In my pars of my lady's lovely l i l t l n bopr.uio lolling the tale of th« wood-doves ami his iimtu who bin! n o t h i n g fit all on which to start ;i home, 1 ut joyously, tiioy put n few sticks together, and sang--"It'll do-i it'll do!" i I suppose J wns v a i n . J suppose all luim of » r p r t a l n youth nnd vitality are. At ;my rale, J t h o u g h t that I'KI meant the song for rnu. Ho, ntm mortiini;, 1 waa agog to got hold of Mrs. Klpplo, Kood-natui-cd newsnionger, and l e a r n fioni her any- t h i n g tl'iU might h e l p mu in making \vuy wltti I'lu. For T recognized, now, t h a t tl)(» Mnrs in t t i c l r courses were j f i g h t i n g against me. I had only ono i day, a n i g h t , and h a l t a day left; if | I was, )n that brief time, to forge » ' 'huin t h a t should in some measure I l i n k our lives, I needed every possible advantage I could make or Btenl. fly Wednesday noon, tho piny would be o v « r ; the male Cinderella would have lost his p u m p k i n coach and gone huuie lo Fit In the ashes again; nnd there would be no f n l r y godmother to Olid him n second chance. Mrs. R i p p l e could talk. She did not confine herself to J",aurler biography; she stooped to a lower range, nnd gave me also biography (gingered up till on; might almost call It biology) of the ncti'psa troupe t h a t hnd fairly dynamited the pence of the ship. "My dear boy," she said, knitting till you could hardly see needles or fingers, "everybody thinks you did t h e bravest-- No, I won't if you don't want me to. But it WAS. We nil have the highest opinion. . . Hut you soe, Miss Gin-Sling--I think her proper name--if there's anything proper In the question, which Is doubi- ful--I moan, her name on the bills is Genevleve Treacher--well, Gln-SIlnf, r , or J i n n y , or Genevleve, nnd her two friends, have simply captured all thu eligible men; nnt! u h a r , I nslt jou, w h n r doea a respectable parent brim: her daughters nwny from the Sidney winter and tip to China for, unless-you k n o w ? Do you remember that too charming joke In un old Punch, nbout the child looking at a picture of t h e arena In Itorno, and telling J t n mother that I here was--'one poor lion t h a i hadn't got n Christian'? My dear boy, there are quite a lot of those poor Dona, or lionesses, on the ship, ever since Brisbane, when these--Indies-go on. They haven't had a look-in w i t h thoin. The ship's officers, who aro simply rnennt to flirt with, and the rich planters who ought to marry, nnd tho Hnmrt civil service folk--nor, a chancel J i n n y Trencher nnd her KirlH have the lot. How can nny of Iho Lnurler crowd compete ngainst sea-horse rncos? And they don'tstoj at sen-horso racing; I could tell yon n tnle--" She proceeded to tell it ; I can only cn.v Hint the biology came In at t h a t point, nnd mnde me foel rnlhcr fidgety. Hut (Jencvipve, or Hln-SIlnj?, w h a t ever ono chose to cnll Iw--wns not ImHlncsi. I wanted to henr nbout soiao one pine. ''Are t h n I,aurlcra going f n r ? " 1 asked. "('htn.'i mid .Tapnn; petting n w n y from t h e Sydney cold weather. They go Bonicwhoro every winter, nnd n l - wuya take n tin lighter w i t h them. It's l'ln'8 t u r n thl« time. Thoy married on' n daughter lust yoar nnd I daresay they'll s't rid of IMa thla time." Cct rid of V i a l "Is «bo engaged?" I naked, looking the M n d l y gossip f a i r la tho face. " P i n ? I BiippoBc more or less; a girl of her sort hns nlways some ono on n titrjng,. T!ieit» uiis Moinc talk of Mir Klclwrd I'.'inshnw, tho flying man, hut 1 ItnnRiiifj the mother was against- Ir. Not enough lltlo. Uo's fairly rich - -promoted n fpw nueeessfiil «era- pnnlea In Nnw G u l n o n , nnrt so on-bin IIP is only n war knight, without m u c h f a m i l y liolilmt him. t'l» ought to ho at least u cininteaa, You know, u «Ir! I l U c H i n t Hlmply nmsl marry into thf vary best n e t s she would ba u llsh mil of water nnywbera eltA "There's tin: second !)i'll," said Mrs, Kijiplo, and pit ujj, "If ydu don't hurry," fidfi mldod wirnlngly, "you don't i' ( 'l t h e bi-st of the fruit." Hut I did nnl l u i i r y . I didn't euro Jf I ue\er HIIW f r u i t H K i i l n . !'i;i Ijiurler n rid II»T inotlH'r verts eomlii); up the! TO BIC CO NT IN UK L). Home. Kseiy.j.iy you w i l l flud hoinei an*' .'iw'ina jillcB ai!vui«eil Iti, our el«««i- tifil ooluiuuts--r«jil them

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