Denton Journal from Denton, Maryland on October 1, 1938 · Page 2
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MAIDEN EFFORT by Samuel Hopkins Adams Qiiaucl Hopkins WNU THE STORY CHAPTER I--Kclscy Hare, joung archl tect convalescing from a breakdown, mccls Martin Holmes slruscltng author. In a storm on a lake near Moldavia, N Y.. and later settles doun uith him at his estate, Holmesholm. Finding Holmes studjlnR a newspaper picture of a Park aienue debutante. Kclscy learns that a story by Holmes has been rejected in a $15.000 contest run by Purity Pictures. A. Leon Snjdamer, president, for a ro\el suitable for pictu.Ira- lion. In which the winner of a Mastery Beauty contest will star. Kebcy bus the manuscript from Holmes and rents hi house One of the conditions of the deal I lhat Kelsey adopt Holmes' pen name, "lem pleton Sales" After Holmes departs on trip, a telegram armes for Sajles nhicl Kelsey leaves unopened Clunk, odd mai servant, places the debutante's picture 01 the mantel on top of the tclecram. CHAPTER II Elsewhere on the map that same picture was making plenty of trou ble for three people. Above the breakfast table wher sat the trio, brooded the silence o overnight dissension. "It was a mistake to let her go,' boomed Mr. Robert Van Straiten "It was," agreed his wife. She gloomed at their niece with eyes as faded as the hangings in the stif and shabby old room of what had ·nee been Cuylerville's most famous mansion. "I had a grand time," said the girl. "And spent all your money," add ed Mrs. Van Stratten. "And what have you got to sho\\ for it?" argued Mr. Van Stratten severely. "A lot of clothes of the kind I've been dying for." "And yourtoame in the New York papers. I should think you mighi at least try to keep out of prim after that disgraceful college epi sode last year." "Cheap and vulgar exhibition ism," mumbled the husband. The Van Straitens cherished a profound aversion to all publicity. "11 wasn'l my fault." "And now you wish lo adopt the most vulgar and public of all pro fessions, the stage," said her aunt "Only as a costume designer. I've got to do something to support myself." "We are not exactly paupers," stated her uncle stiffly. "No-o-o. But I know you're hard up, Uncle Rob. It isn't fair for me to be living on you." "Since we are your legal guard! ans, it is perfectly proper that you should be living with us. We ask only that you behave with reason .able discretion and abslain from involving our name in distasteful pub licity, such as last week's. One hardly supposes that you were forced to have your piclure in the group of typical deb beauties, en dorsing a new kind of digestive tab let. 'Typical deb beauties!' " Mrs Van Stratten repeated Ihe injurious newspaper phrase wilh a snort "It's natural enough that the papers should like to get her picture," granted Mr. Van Stratten. "And in a New York paper." As if that magnified the offense. "Oh, well, my dear; it's ^natural enough lhat the papers should like to get her picture," granted Mr. Van Stratlen. "The child isn'l bad- looking, after all." "It was for one of Aunt Marcia's pet charities," pointed out the accused. "What could I do? I was visiting her." "I cannot approve of your idea of accepting employment," said the auslere Mrs. Van Slratten. "What am I expected to do? Stick here in Cuylerville?" "What more suitable place? There are advantageous marriages to be made here as elsewhere." The girl reddened. "I don't want to marry well. I don't want to marry at all. I suppose you're thinking of Liggelt Morse." "Why not?" "Only that he's nearly forty and hasn't grown up yet." "You have not lacked for other opportunities," pointed out Mr. Van Stratten, "had you cared to avail yourself of them." The arrival of the morning paper interrupted these amenities. The girl addressed herself lo her coffee. Mr. Van Slratten, turning to the editorial page, brought opposite to her eyes a sight which ftxed them In amazement. There was a gasp and a burble in which the coffee figured as sub-agent. "Sorry," apologized the culprit distractedly. "Uncle Robert, may I take the paper for a moment?" "Why?" demanded Mrs. Van Stratten. "Robert, give me the paper." She took one look and dropped it like something venomous. From the welter of print there had leapt to .her scandalized recognition a gay, young face, only loo familiar. "Marion Norman Van Stratlen I What is the meaning of this?" "If TOU would let me look at the paper, pernuptf i LUUIU icn uu murt! about it." Mrs Van Slratten laid a heavy hand upon the pictoual offense. "Have you sought out this indecent notoriety by sending your photograph to the newspaper?" she demanded. "I haven't sent any photograph to any newspaper. Which one is it?" "It is an enlarged--a monstrously enlarged--version of the snapshot thai Kceler Smith look of you at Ihe Riding Club." "Then I simply can't imagine--" A Hash of realization transfigured her. "Liggy!" she cried. With the word she bolted into the adjoining study. A moment after they heard her vehemently calling for the Cuylerville Country Club. Resource was never lacking to Mrs. Van Stratten. Upslairs Ihere was an extension line. Mounting with speed, she stealthily lifted the receiver in time to overhear this colloquy: "I wish to speak to Mr. Liggetl Morse . . . Liggy? That you?" "I dunno. Wait till I get awake and I'll tell you ... Who is it?' "Marne." "Who? . . . Oh! Marne. Well, hello, sweelie." "Have you seen Ihe morning paper?" "This morning's paper? Who d'you think you're talking to: Ihe night watchman? Why, it's hardly dawn." "It's nearly nine. While you're dressing you'd better have one sent up to your room." "What's all the blood-pressure about? Did Harvard lose?" "Liggy, I want you to get into your clothes as fast as you can and come right over here." "Sounds like international complications," said the unimpressed Mr. Morse. "What's the rest of the bad news?" "Come and get it." "But, sweetie, why not--" "I think someone is listening in. ' Mrs. Van Stratten gave an involun tary and startled snort. "Hear her? Well, are you coming or not?" "I'll be over in fifteen minutes." He bettered his promise by a few seconds, not having even paused to look at the paper. A family conclave received--it would be too much to say that they welcomed-him, Mrs. Van Stratten in charge. "Sit down, if you please, Liggetl." He obeyed, nol without apprehension. "What's the charge?" he asked. "I wish to put a serious question to you in regard lo my niece and I shall expect the fullest frankness." Mr. Morse assumed an air of great if deceptive candor. "That's me," he averred. "Open as the day. Always ready to act the perfect gentleman. You can cancel the order for the twelve-gauge and substitute a wedding cake with frosting. My intenlions toward your sweet and gentle young niece are striclly honorable." "Oh, shut your*silly faqe," said the sweet and gentle young niece. "What light can you throw upon this?" Mrs. Van Stratten extended the newspaper. The visitor stared at it with an expression which, from a smolder of surprise blazed into a flame of exultation. "Whee-ee-ee! Yoopdedoodle! Hi- yi-yi-i-i-i! Hooray, huzzah, and Wow, I win!" he vociferated. "Kindly stop that at once and explain." Mrs. Van Stratten's man- ser was peremptory. "It's perfectly simple," said he. "Marne's in the money." "In the money? She is in this disgusting paper. And we wish lo know how she got Ihere." "Just a little sporting proposition," responded the eternally juvenile Mr. Morse. "You see, Mrs. Van Stratten, Purity Pictures got up this Grand National Photographic Competition--" "What is Purity Pictures, if you please?" "Hollywood's latest. Didn't you--" "And how came Marion's picture in such a competition?" 'I set it in," answered Liggy, offering her his most guileless smile. "And you gave it to him, Marion, mowing for what purpose he wished it!" "I neverl I let him have the picture months ago to stop his sobbing on my shoulder. I never dreamed that--" "Then, as I understand it, Lig- ;ett, you took the unpardonable liberty of using a private photograph n this outrageous manner." "Oh, come off, Mrs. Van Straiten," prolested the accused. "You don't understand." "I shall not come off," retorted :he lady with bristling dignity. "And I do understand." "It's more than I do," said Marne. 'What do you mean, you win, Lig*y? What do you win?" "Fifteen hundred sweet, round roulaks, so far." You sold my niece's picture for fifteen hundred dollars?" "Of course I didn't sell it. A bunch of us at the club got gassing about movie stars and professional eaulies and I said we had a gal right here that could spot any of 'em ive goals and--" "Oh, do pipe down, Liggy." "So some chap said how could we prove it, and some other goofer dug up a magazine with this Purity Picures crack in it and I said I'd make jook on it." "Make book?" "Yes, ma'am. Take bets, you know. I got twenty-to-one thai Rain Won't Keep 'Em Away! Olliciais ol Hie luilhcuni!!].; world scries aren't v.orrjmg about ram They need only remember the :»,OUO r.abid fans \vlio jammed (he bleacher and unreserved seats at New Vork's Polo Grounds before the fifth gam of last year's scries, undnuntcd by cold, dii?zly ucather. Last year' series betiveen the New York Giants and New York Yankees, which brok series attendance records, is expected to be exceeded this year. Marne woman i snow, aim nxu-iiuu- dred-to-one that she wouldn't win. On the first bet I clean up fifteen hundred. If she comes through on the final, the papers'll be so full of it that Marne'll have to marry me to save my fair, young name." "I should be interested to bo informed as to the purpose and terms of tms extraordinary enterprise." This was Mr. Van Stratten's contribution to the debate. "Sure to you, sir. Purity Pictures is looking for a new national beauty to play up. The idea is this. You send in a photograph with a key- number and key-letter. Anybody can enter. Out of the lot a jury of beauty experts or long-odds pickers, or house painters or something choose out ten for the finals. And here's our little sweetie in the ten." "With her picture displaced for Tom, Dick, and Harry to stare at, like some vulgar, public creature." "They'll get an eyeful," returned the unabashed experimentalist. "What's the harm, anyway? And look at the swell spot she's in Only nine other contestants between her and glory and I'll bet she can make any of 'em look like one of Jim Thurber's dia\vings in the New Yorker." "Liggett Moise, do you for an instant suppose that I will permit my niece, brought up as she has been with every safeguard of refinement and care, to take part in any such nauseating exhibition as this?" "I think it would be fun," said the safeguarded and refined niece. "Atta girl!" After a series of fishy gasps the aunt managed to recover her facultj of speech. "We will sail for Europe on the first available boat," she made announcement. "Now, see what you've done, you big prune!" said Marne with a virulent look at her suitor. Liggy appealed to the higher justice. "There's gratitude for you! I give her a chance that the Queen of England would jump off her throne i to grab. And \\hat do I get for it? The boot." "Liggett!" "Yes, Mrs Van Straiten." "Kindly leave this house at once " "What did I say! The boot!" re pealed the offender grievously. 'From one and all. Oh, very well, then. Good morning to you. And j hardly that." He marched out like a | parade with muffled drums. j "I don't want to go to Europe," j said Marne, with decision "Nevertheless you will go. And fou will remain until this scandal, :his new scandal--blows o\cr." The aunt made an impressive exit, leaving the printed cause of the turmoil on the table. Possessing herself of it, Marne withdrew her woes to the seclusion of a distant summer house. There she spread out the paper upon her cnees. 'Grin, darn you!" she apostro- jhized the picture. "You aren't be- ng dragged across the ocean like a in dog on a stung " She considered the face. "You really aren't so bad looking In fact, you're quite jrctty. And what docs it gel you? Trouble. Curse Liggy!" As if summoned by the invoca- ion that invincible spuit ciawlcd hrough the hedge which guaidcd he privacies of the place. "Hello, sweetie. Slill love me? The answer is yes No' All nj;ht, he answer is no We'll pnss that or another point. Are you going to be a sport?" "As how?" "As follows. I stand to win ten thousand healthy young smackers on your lovely mug. What about it?" "Well, what about it?" "Haven't you read that piece in the paper?" "1 was just reading it." "Come to A. Leon Snydacker yet?" "Yes. Who is he?" "Heir to PccKett's Persuasive Pills, Hollywood's \\orst hcudachc, they tell me." "Hollywood' Wlnt have pills got tn fin wilh ninturr";'" "Source of the SnydacKer millions. He bought into the business-- Punly Pictures -- and has laiseci nothing but Ned with the industry ever since." "Purity Pictures? That's \\licrr yOU KPnt m v n l m l n u n n h " ··l j rce-sousel. The ten chosen beauties, of which you are one. meet next week at the Snydaekei offices in New Yoik to flaunt llicir com pctitive maps before the judges You're nt least a onc-to ten chance, and I've got the fat end of two- hundred-to-one against you." "But, Liggy," protested the girl, half fascinated. "I wouldn't h a v e a chance." "Sa-a-a-ay! You don'l half know yourself. You'll make the test of 'em take to rat poison when they lamp you. Come on, sweetie 1 You'd like to try it, wouldn't you?" he \vhflpd led "I'd kne it!" "Then we're set " "On \\haf I haven't a cent. And you hcatd \\hat Auntie said B next week I'll be on the broad At lantic's heaving bosom. Thanks tc you," she concluded acidly. "Sea-ncrts to the bioad Atlantic I'll finance the jaunt. Now, calm yourself. I'm not making passes Tins is a business proposition be tween the pair of us Out of the fil teen hundred I've already won I re invest a hundred or whatever you want--pass it over to you for ex penses--to win ton grand. Why just look at it as a percentage prop position." "It all sounds batty to mo." "Wait till you hear the rest. I "Me? A star? What picture?" asked the dazed girl. you win out, you're set for life They make you star of the new pic ture Snydacker is putting out. It's all part of the same deal." "Me 7 A star' What picture?' a.sked the dazed gul. "It hasn't been announced yet But it'll be a scorcher. Purity Pic tuics always are And sa-ay! Wil you burn a hole in the silver sci ceil!" "Tell me the rest, Ligsy," said Marne, folding her hands prettily "I just love fairy stones." (To be continued next week) H AMMERMILL BOND Cabinets of Stationery will satisfactorily answer your question of "What can I use as a gift?" These Cabinets contain 100 letterheads and 100 envelopes of White Hammermill Bond in either Social or Secretary sizes, and Bond or Ripple finishes, with each sheet and each envelope bearing the name and address of the person to whom you are giving it. This makes an extremely attractive and useful gift at a moderate cost, and one that is suitable for both men and women for either social or business use. 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