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PAGE EIGHT. THE JdhiiSdomon, Incognito HUTCHINSON NEWS. SYNOPSIS. CttAPTF.lt l.-Alinp r^vcrffTio owns Cypr*mnrf, a umall plantation In the l /Miiifilana Imvoviw. Sim !«> UVOB th<t man- HK''ttifint to John IM,tlbrU:k, nil old retainer mid fali.hful, but not a iiotKl bii.-* triors man, us Alt Tj**. tlio Manch", who in trying to hftlp Allnc. oxulaln* to the rny ,"!-:rlouB John Salomon. Allrt«'a tiiu'ln I «av(ft Mucnttv Ji'i'l lux dim, Felix, tirnltT piyionse of huilMhK afti'r her ln- (f"i>«ti', plot lo (jot contrui of the plantation. by VI'T!;U H-^-Ono of th«lr wh-'niOj in tht! Uuymi iind t>iun <!iy up nor j Tlu-n ih'.y try n, K'*I rid oT! irk. A U tifl fiiiiin'.'ftH I h*.* M in'arf >'H '.'M 'II H.* .!;,( k KM'tlt;r, a yoiuiK lnv.'- vhf. lulu-h I...T «'RH-\ r\ I 'TICK III. - He finds a biy fisht on r-irtf*. for th<- Mii.uilv.M tic till fit, Tlify try to bribe lilm off. CHAPTER IV. 1'nirinp; lwouly-fr-m* hours. .Tnck F«r- ftV; df^nt.-t himself to delving Into Wo- p:int i»l I'lavt'I Mccarty and KOU. W'nh tliu fat};«.•!', this not difficult. ~\':ii.;vi't,\ h;ul been v -'oll known in the hii.^itu'H.s world for u Hcore of years, HP«1 V.V.S something of a politician. With l'V!ix Muoiirly, however, It wu ;i ;o>!ln'i' null'' 1 )'. Th- t;i .i)ior burn by no means a bad tvpuJi,! ;on. as i In* term goes. lit* wus Jin.iwn It* hn a fihroivd man, In many way ;i hard man; Iw wna not a big JIMP oi -Uii ^r lii his oporuslomi or his »i !Hv,.v-i 's, Knnu all ho oouUl learn, ]'V»r[l'-r fonrlndul that David Maairty li.ni woikiVd i.i flevloiu way?, in thoby- [•ruall pnljtifrt. If noi upritfht, ,a In-sl ht .M 'in visry rurc-ful <if Ho wus i'oiiuiM;tod with it of normal business enter- WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 1923 "Worry aorry I am. sir, & B 'OW *• got in Fortier'* astonlflhment increftsed that 'ere first crock." when he glanced around, Tht* tables Fortier atared at the man who canie . in the hall, tho tapostrlo* ot Gobelin. forwa.nl. A rather small, imdgy UtUo' weave, tho marvelous nig into which man, -wiping Ma faco -with a bandon- hifl feet sank> v/cro such treasures as na; gray-haired. Thle waa erii Fortier! are seldom* found even in New Or- could'uiako out in the dim light. -jleaue; nor were they rellca of Boruo •"*"{ fteom to be ttMtabt&d to you," hd:ftuclent grandeur. Against tho wall Hftid quietly. "Wa# it you who threw | was hung a cult of e-rmor—that of an that It itlt o." (Officer in the imperial guard nt Fok"Yoa, eir—werry sorry I wa» to do;Uig. From poneock crest to bow, the it, too. But 3 e ain't dead, not 'iml " h<.< iinii tin 1 ttoii It v.'.'t-a othoiTriso. Ki 'IK ;\s--«arty \v«« u plunfii.'i', rind one v.\\') . i,i i .-(.''tod, Tberi' WI.WM -lark ru- innr:\ i .h .Mii him - wliidpf. y$ and t -!iMi.",,-', iniHs tliiil conneototl him with the piMi 'id L -ornor.i of tho. Virus Carro. ){<\ n croris, men tiaid,'*+KJtwoeit vulture mid fox. Yet he had his share of the rn IT km, ah'/ayri. T!iti\ Jack Fortler really pot, no- wboro in bin aearc'a for informal ion. Ho pniiif»d no definite knowb;dgo nj :;^iii'-t i'avid Mat-arty, aIthon;;)i he {•oiiiproliOiid ^d that Felix win; a blaek- KtiiiS'ii to the bnokbojie. rpon tho afternoon following bin p(-".'i'T;J liit(.-i"vie-»v with Aline Laversne, l r t ..!i *T received F« call from no Insn u I'M .••on tlinn the Honorable Alfred <ir:iy. of thn firm of Gray &, Fortier. tiiay wa.!.; au fldeiiy iiiiiu, carefully (.',r< ""i 'lifd, viromln^nt In b l j*ril rircU-.^, with a cold oye and humoroti;* mouth, lit: wa.' a fiimina! lav.yor, a good one. "I i.,ni Miad to mukri your acquaint- cine.', Mr, I-'orl'er," he bogau cordially, v.'li.'a Alien Smith had left the two men nlori''. "I havo buiird muf-h <jf you—tint similarity in namoj, yau know, ha,a Irctjiiontly roupod ei 'nirs!" "Sure, I Know," and Fortier laughed. "Haw a rij^r?" "Tliauli you, no. I dropjiod In on l)ti-'.inos.'. \Ve plclifd up a bit of lub'd- iioHi', tbnt wa:4 n-n. iiulte in our line, and I thought I nilglu, an it were, retain you ti» bundlo it." "J flighted, Mr. Oryy!" returned Fortier, and meant the words. "It 'll Ifku thlf, A very promising concern down on the oo-ist, the t.'yitre- jnort Power ciunpany, ia in- ueuu ct the sorvk'ea—" Forvlfcr yiart^.d sligJitly. U\s face oJiangt:d. Under tho Ht ^c'y briftbtness of hi;* eyes, the other maii'ii woiGb died out. "You're wasting time here, Mr. -Gnty." said Fortier coldly. "Jitit, my dear fellow! You don't umlorstnnd! Here is the opportunity to polidly build your future--" "iH 'vil tube -my 1'iaure, if it lies with you and your blacklcs* olienin!" roared Fovti 'T, with a ftiiddeii burpt of te -mji'.ir. "Von d--d acoundrel. .get out of bore befur« I forget my .-.nlf--|;ot «ut 1 " lUi advane.nd on Gray. Tho latter eoizod hiij hat, backed hn^tty lo the : door, and fh *d. Fortier slummed tho j door alior him with a jar that imook tdos room. A moment later, Misu 15mltU tapped fcjul lool'.od intn tlic room. "Was that the blackjack?" she in* quired, a twinkle in hor eye. Fortier broke intoa'lauyh. "No, Mih« Smith -that wa« tho pre- Itlde lo It." The typifu. v.'iyely withdrew and left Forii«r to himself. ' That ovenlMjJ; Fortier dinml as usual §rt the Jiumbb' pcii;:ion in tho old quarter where lie made his home. It was a ywueuy tv/utauiic old lo.-use" very rheuy but v©ry cloan, kept by a prim old dame who lived largely in the past. Onco inside the place, there, was the aoncw of hwno. Outfl'do it was rtirtcrent. The Italian nuurte-r encroaciied all about. The old liru ^js of Marigny and Do Pon- talba bricks woro tallon into dlupalr and ruin. Deai'lto the touch of auntit romance, thiT t-ectlou of the city was bf *eoni 'i little butter Uiau a alum. It was even ouUIde the usual run of tourists. After d i u n or, Forti or w ent forth. He was perplexed and rtteiturbed in rniud, unable to obtain any BUroty of tl'.ought. Hiii 'o iiiBido ot two \\i\yx he had Hung away proffer;: of muimy and .fame, To most men this would have beon Hie perplexing fetiture. To Fortier, the uneasy thing wa*- the hidden menace in tho backgn.»und. llf* realized that ho had nioddltni wltii forbidden things. "Twieo they've 'triotl bribery—-now they'll try something else," he re- fleeted as ho strode along. "By George, that girl munt have been watched, followed.' Or else my friend at ikilou HoRua apnuig a leak. Well, If it tvas worth while to bu^ - me off, thun thr .re Tmint bf HOIUO I >-anon for it —that's the very ticket! They're afraid to have me get into the game!" This thought was consoling. With a new Hiring .[o It i ^ :'ep. I '-oriiOL- w:ui- ed to Canal ai reet and sought out a ; moviiiK-pift urn }>alai'-.'. V.'.'IHU'I : lo* in- | vvsted "two bits" in ua many hours 1 of mental relaxation. Nnne the leva. In the back of his .mind remained the thought of the Cypreniort Pc»wer company. Were j 'hoy really afraid to havo him come down there, to have him in charge of J Aline I.avenue's interest? He began' to doubt it seriously. After all. he was only a very obscure and. young attorney, wholly unknown. Such men as Mucarty would not be afraid of his probing. They would be tvx> carefully armored and guarded. No, they were hardly afraid of hiui. Hn was congratulating htnmelf too soon. More likely, they simply „w !Rhed l.n wave thenvselve.- future annoyance;*. IIG was no more than ati insert to thorn. "I Khould hear by tho end of the wt-f.'k from Vhitbnck," he reflntted. as lie walked down Koyal street on hi?. •,v ay toward honi' 1 . '*He may ha;e ['(•rtineut infnrmatiiMi. I d <ui 't lilce his attempt''d ptHSJoning-looks bad. Young Mxciirty iHiiPt be In te*gue with the cHiH-briiie outlaws. Then there's that C'hti -ir lii.m! 1 ctin't quite f;et Aline I,uveit -;:ie's lineup ou the chap." It ),t!\-t ; r oerurrwl lo Fortier that he might IKMO been drawn into a net of fate wh world. He never dreamed t hat th miglit be oilier factors in this affair— i 'act '>:"s \<>t dimly sensed, yet very powerl'i;'!. Now, whoa ha- h ;oi turr.r .d from Koytil street ho was in a region of pourly lighted walks, closed whops. Now, sir, if eo be as you'd like to 'ave a lesson—" ' The, pudgy man stooped ajid picked up hi» kulfe. To the amnxoment of Fnrtior, he saw %at the a»»a *Bin bad not been pierced at ail. Gradually he understood—wh«n his roacuor had handert bim/the knh'o, ha-d ©xplatnod liia action. 'Hia knife was peculiar. It seemed an ordinary Beainau 'a aheatU-knlfo, yet tho handle waa large and rounded, end -wns made ot lead. This weapon, thrown butt ftret, had struck the aa- sasaln at tho base ot the skull, paralyzing him Inirtftatly. "A bit 'ardor, and 'ed 'avo been crocked for fair," sold tho pudgy roan He Saw a Figuro Leaping at Him. reflectlvuly. . "Per'aps you'd liko to lay information -against 'itn, sir?" "No," suirt Fortier. "You know him V" "Dang it, sir, I ain't no crook! An honest, soairan, that's what I am. Solomon's my name, tiir—John, Solomon. If BO be u-a you'd like a bit o' grog," ho added apologuMoally, "why I'd be worry 'appy to stand you a drink, sir! Lduiiar 1H a wejrry bad thing, I says, but even tho wor*t o' things Is werry good lu the If place. And this 'ere, says I, is the place for a bit o" grog." Fortier laughed. Ho was amused and astonished by this character. "Good! Lead on—if you cau fiud a drink. It's b ar d work, these days." "You come along o' nie, sir." Fortier followed. He understood that ho had been very close to the hospital, and he was not akw in meshes reached across the | suspect whence, tho blow had coino. tiling was a mass of gems and wrought gold. No impoverished Crooi« family would havo such a thing. "This 'ere Ain 't a boarding 'ouse, so to Bpeak," said Solomon whceslly. **Bui 1 'ave me friends, and Vm welcome to atop 'ere when I'm in these parts. Right 'oro we are.filr." Fortier •stopped Into a plain room, unadorned except for a Sixteenth- century Ispahan on the floor. - It held a plain desk, plain chairs, with a rl nkety smokin g a tan d bear! n g plug tobuco and several clay pipes, Fortier aa.t down. His ho;-t produced a box of excellent Havatmti, then got into an old smoking jacket and a pair of carpet (dippers. Now Fortier perceived that Solomon was rather an old man, with gray hair and a round expressionless lace. The eyes however, were very blue and very lu- 'Uocent. "A queer customer ail around!" reflected Fortier. "Yet Uoj threw that knife, like an expert—" Solomon sot out glasses and a bottle of Scotch whoso label caused Fortier new astonishiuctit. " 'Kre's 'ow, sir!" and Solomon lifted his glass "with a chuckle. "And to your 'ealth, if I may,make so bold—" The pudgy little man proceeded to carve off some tobacco and stuff a clay pipe. , "You're a seaman you say?" inquired Fortier. "Yes, air- -ship's steward', sir." The blue eyes were guileless and direct. "The beggar »as tried to scrag you— e's a fair bad 'un, sir! F'tit Jean, they calls 'im~" Foriier'a brows lifted. "I thought you said you didn't know him'.'" "Only by sight, sir. 'E was pointed out to me tonight. You «ee, I was a-settln' a deal with a ship's chandler 0' mo acquaintance--a deal in cabin stores, sir. This 'ore chap was pointed out to mo u.-. a werry dangerous character; an outlaw, so to speak. So when I see 'lm a-followlng of you, air, 1 made bold ao interfere." "And mightily obliged to you I nrn," said Fortier heartily. "That first blow of his had me groggy*. The skin's not broken, though. "No. It's all right, thanks to you." He took out his cardoasc, and handed Solomon one of his cards. "If I'm ever in a pi$dtiou to repay your good turn, call upon me," he said. "Sometimes a lawyer comes in mighty handy." " "Worry good, sir. I'll bear it In mind," Qnd Solomon nodded sagely. "I don't &up$K>se as 'ow you 'avo any notion of who might ave set 'im on you, sir?'' In those mild blue eyos. Fortier road only anMntorestwl curiosity. "Yea," he answered. "Yes. I have a mighty good notion! But there's nothing to bo done about it." "Werry good, sir. If so be as a man knows who is 'is enemy 1B, all well an' good The assailant had been an utter j stranger to him. as a glance nhowed— I a thinly bearded evil man d/essed in rough corduroys. Fortier, -hiins& If ac- I customed to tho bayous and timber- j laud, gained the floetlug Impres-sion that this man was iu>t a city dweller, dark doorways. He strode along, j Yet he attached small importance to whittling under his breath, thinking of j the* passing notion. . the problems which faced him. "That's what comes," *ald John, Her*-, then, it happened— with a SolomonT as ho tramped along, "of paralyzing fiwJItufws. Bcndin' to do 'alf a job. Now, if 'e 'ad Behieu him, Wort I or caught the aoft be«» sent to kill you, Blr. chances are thud of a rubber-soled fee:. He| you'd bo a wary dead man this ble&sed glanced over his shoulder, carelessly.' minute! Hut no. 'B comes to put in lie paw a figure leaping at him with [the 'capital—" upralseU hainl. Hiarilnd, he turned, attempted defense —too late! ^ The blow fell, pTriUng with a glancing funash, yet with chough power to send Fortier staggering. Dazed, half stunned, he caw the figure dan In for another blow, eaw tho t;lung-r.ln> ! , upraised, he knew that lie wad helpless to prevent its fall. Hh'.clijwcked! But the second blow did not fall. From a dark doorway behind Fortier, a second figure showed Ittelf for a moment.'* There way a movement, the quick glimmer of steel in the nlr, th---- iM.d': sound of a thrown knife going home. l-'ortier'* assaihuit halted in mld-.Uride, flung out his handfj. The slung-:-hot foil to the pavement. The assart-in spun around and went down without a cry. .So rap idly had all this passed, that For! ler was slow to comprehend it. He r.tood gazing down at^his fallen UBsailent, then put a hand to his head and giuced around. Who wa3 it that liail t-aved him? "I've 'ad mo eye on that beggar nil night," aald a wheezy voice. "And, dang it. I come nec.r belli' too elow! How do you know that?" de- Fortier ia uhaxp a&tonish- manded meni. "Woll, sir, don''t it uta^d-to reason?" was the apologetic reaponee. "What for was 'e usin' a «lung-*shol, oxcept to bust you up n bit?" "How do you know he wa 1 ; sent to do It? That ho was not a inAro footpad ?" The. pudgey little man chuckled. "Thorn as asks quor,tlOu« g#ts lerss'n they asks, 1 e&ys! I don't know, sir, for a fact. I was a guessin' at it, as the odd gent said when 'e kissed the 'ousemaid on the ear. Now, iilr, 'ere we. bo! If you'll bo so good as to step inside?" Vnlueking tiio door of n modest house, three stops^ above tho street, Solomon pushed the door open «.nd stood aside. Fortier perceived a light in the hall, and entered, not without a feeling of astonishment. He guessed at onco that thi^ was a pension similar to tho one which he inhabited. A pension In New Orleans is cbout the last place on earth into which an ordinary Hoamau could obtain entrance. Quality Gars Now Easy It Is no longer necessary to pay high prices for quality transportation. Through ' engineering and marketing efficiency, Chevrolet has achieved volume production of quality automobiles, thereby effecting such remarkable economies that it now leads all standard-built cars in volume of sales. ^Chevrolet possesses quality features usually found only in the higher priced automobiles. Artistic appearance, fine finish, 'and riding comfort are characteristics of all Chevrolet models. Ease, simplicity, and economy of operation are insured by a chassis famous forits engineering efficiency. You have reason to be proud of your Chevrolet. It is an achievement. to Own SUPERIOR 2-Pass. Roadster '510 f. o. b. Flint, Mich. V Solomon Dado Him Good Night. ain't eo 'ariT to Jio careful. Knowin' 'ow to bo oareful ia a mor-lal 'ard lhln£ to learn, an tho okl-gent said when 'fi married 'in third." Fortier laiii;uud. Ho liked tills pudgy little cockney. ^ "What line are you with?" he inquired. ~ . "None at all—private craft. Th> yacht Watersprito, sir. Belongs to a Mr. ilaiarly, sho floes. I ain't 'ad me position but a fow dayfi, sir." "Oh!" said Fortier. lie gave no sign of the surprise that x JPricej f. o. b. Flipt, Mlchlmn • SUPERIOR Roadltcr . . |5I» SUPERIOR Touring . . . M5 SUrKRIOR Utility Coup*. . «M SUPKRIOR Snfenette . . . SSO SUPERIOR Sedan . . . .MB SUPUUOR Cammerclal ChuolsCU SUPERIOR Llitht Delivery . SIS UttUtr dim Truck Cluivla 575 SUPERIOR MOTORS C. S. Steinmetz Phone 3582 stiot through him. His alarmed suspicion of a trap was promptly dismissed. It was evident thai the old steward spoke ia all innocence. That blank face, tiione guileless eyes, were iiK -apablo of dissimulation. None the less, Fortier roBo to his foot, thanked his host, and rofusetl another drink. 7 Solomon escorted him to the front door, shook hands heartily, and* bade him good night. Fortier walked homo- thought fully. Beyond a doubt, some Ironical providence had impelled his rescue from Macarty's thug, at the hands of Macarty's pej^? officer. "The old chap is above suspicion," thought Fortier. "Queer beggar! But 1 like hjm. What would David Macarty say if he,knew, eh'.' Well, I'll have to watch myself after this; ho may strike again. Some queer things thai old stou-art said—he certainly saved mo from an unpleasant experience. And that Petit Joan never knew w-hat hit. him!* Clever work." Fortier retraced ~his steps to tho scene of the assault. As^he expected, however, Petit Jean had vanished. The thug had doubtless come to his senile. 1 ; fiid slunk away. It occurred to'Fortier thai fhn old ship's t'.tewiird was a more Xormidable person than he^appeared to he. The attorney attached little iuipurtanco to the thought, except on conjecture that Solomon might come in useful at some future occasion. When he got home, Fortier found a telegram and a telephone call awaiting lilm. Tho latter was from Aline Ijavergne. The former was from John rhilbrick. (Continued tomorrow.) J^p Liquor Seized. Honolulu—United States customs officials seized 292 quarts of liquor on board the Japanese linor Xvorea Maru, which was the first Japanese y6&sel to arrive since tho'new seizure rules became effective. At a cool and cheerful place, he rules with aL smile of welcome. He's quick with his hands and qjuickwhhlusuum^ht,and he knows how to serve just wliat ycj. want* when voti eorae in all thirsty and liot. Drink Delicious and Refreshing Tho Coc-Cata Camt*n T , Alknta, &>. In politics "mush" is the great issue' during the campaign. After tho campaign, "pio" is pre-eminent.— AichlBon Globe. _ THE GUMPS—THE BRIDGE OF YAWNS V .00X CM r*K\ BWCH Of .VP U)0«V v,. JfOW. VW0«« U^X> A%' KW *. COT OF amws mow GtTtvNfc 6uv'6tt«.'B ON ^~ G *'- J ~— '-— ... . I - — A OV W-ySH COvJfc'ftE.TS SIOOi^S AV.DNG U TVIt Et>bt 0V- "WE WVt>G^. - fcH. WkW. TO . *TWt CAUfrMT OF TAMt TElCStTO WHO «PEHb TMt\S.1lMfc GUCk.feO\N>6 OMR. BSAbbB "TeWiEPjc TO WMtH TWt «.\\lt «.''*0 HO VM \wet> / f*.OK\ 00% CA'VH - , -*'> ^ OH UJV -L- V\l? TWO HW>ft» * "TO «tt THIkT TV)\lK MJOvMb* JfM hWH<3 Tp bo HOME.. 2S.000 TWO CtNT «T\MP«- &*^UE HIM --UTTtfcV , IF ME '~" owes 113, SOOtS <H TW£ 0\X> SUGMt-BOVH.' RESIDENTS OF AVENUE B WANT CLUSTE LIGHTS B. A. Earhart, tho attorney who ltv&s »t ESSMi Avenue- B oast appeared before the commission with a petition with signatures from the major po» lion of the property owners ott Avenue B east .tsklng* that cluster light* be placed alonif that atreel. "Vfe cheerfully acceded to th« dbalro of the city when pkving was ordered in and caused none ot the costly llilga/Uoh which eoihe of th» stfflota of tho town have rosorted," said Mr. Harhort. "Our street is poorly and Insufficiently Bghted and we »r* asking relief." ' The matter was referred to th* proper deparluient. ., Grain Est, fajHWAu.Sttlu,,

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