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MAIDEN EFFORT Samuel Hopkins Adams © Samuel Hopkins Atoms WNU Service TlIE STORY CHAPTER I--Kclsey Hare, young architect convalescing from a breakdown, meets Martin Holmes, struggling author, in a storm on a lake near Moldavia. N. Y., and later settles doun with him at his estate. Holmesholm. Finding Holmes studying a newspaper picture of a Park avenue debutante, Kclsey learns that a story by Holmes has been rejected In a 515,000 contest run by Purity Pictures. A. Leon Snydacker. president, for a novel suitable (or plcturlza- lion. In which the winner of a Mystery Beauty contest w.111 star. Kelsey buys the manuscript from Holmes and rents his house. One a! the conditions of the deal is that Kelsey adopt Holmes' pen name. "Templeton Saylcs." After Holmes departs on a trip, a telegram arrives for Sayles which Kclsey leaves unopened. Clunk, odd man servant, places the debutante's picture on the mantel on top of the telegram. \.nnr-.ic.n. 11--ifie r-jrrt ft venue van straitens, at breakfast with their niece Marlon, are horrified to End her picture in the paper as one of ten remaining contestants for the Purity Pictures award, and learn that Liggett Morse, admirer, has entered Marions picture on a bet. After threats of being taken abroad until the "scandal" dies down. Marlon decides adventurously to go through with the contest. CHAPTER III--In the offices of A. Leon Snydacker, heir to the Peckett's Persuasive Plus fortune. Marion finds nine other beau- tics. She makes friends with Gloria Glamour, flip professional beauty contestant At lunch together, they meet Moby Dlcksteln, Snydackcr's press agent and factotum. Sny- dacker Is overwhelmed with Marlon's beauty and "class." to \ihlch he Is extremely susceptible, repeatedly calls her "Dan- ling." and awards her the leading role. Marion refuses to accept without Gloria, and the two girls and Moby plan Immediate departure for the estate of Templeton Savles. who is to be leading man. CHAPTER IV--Moby is referred to Martin Holmes for Information on Sayles. am Gloria flirtatiously takes the call. Meanwhile. Hare Is interrupted In his rewriting by two feminine callers, one of whom he recognizes as the pictured beauty In the paper. After they leave, he takes the picture from the mantel, and uncovers the telegram, row four days old, apologizing for a "mistake," and demanding Sayles' iirv mediate presence In New York for a con Terence with Snydacker. When Moby nnd I he girls arrive on location. Kelsey learns for the first time that the Holmes-Saylcs novel was the winner. He confides his predicament to Moby and Is persuaded to continue the hoax on Snydacker and the girls, so that Holmes can win the $15.000. CHAPTER V--Snydacker's anticipation ol the meeting with Sayles Is not shared by Kelsey, whom Moby advises to say "Yes" to everything. They meet at a Mo!dart= Ion. and argue the title of the "supcr- creatlonal" picture, finally changing it from "Virgin ElTort" to "Maiden Effort." When Kclsey learns he is to play the lead, the embodiment of the Insidious Saylcs. hr threatens to quit, but Gloria pleads wM him to stick for a month. Meanwhile. Hare and Marlon develop a defensive, almost In suiting, relationship CHAPTER VI By processes which the benumbed mind of its lawful tenant failed adequately to appraise, Holmesholm passed completely out of his control in the next fortnight. Financial considerations entered into the change, a preposterous weekly payment which yielded the recipient a handsome profit over the original rental. New furniture and equipment came in by the van-load. Three trained servants were imported to supplant Glunk who promptly bit one of them and was banished to the barn. Household arrangements were juggled about, Marae being established in the best upstairs suite, as befitted the star, with Gloria for neighbor, and Kelsey banished to an end room in favor of A. Leon Snydacker who quietly pre-empted the entire west wing of the ground floor. The once sedate old mansion went mad. Motor cars whirled in and out and around at top speed. A hydroplane, chartered for quick commuting, fretted the placid waters of the lake. Camera men, with their aides, sub-executives, sound-men, and other members of the staff appeared and were uncomfortably quartered in the village. The whole place war caught up into the mechanism of A Leon's inexorable and frenetic energy. The very property, itrclf, lost itr identity. The legend "Holmcsholm" over the gateway was replaced by a flamboyantly lettered inscription for the enlightenment of the casual wayfarer. Purity Pictures Inc. Supercre- ationnl, AJl-CFass Production, Maiden Kffort, r.ow being Filmed . 'K'jre ur'Jcr the Personal Supervision of A. LECN SNYDACKER, PRESIDENT. No Admittance Except by Pass Moanvvhile Moby Dickstein had nic'i'e a flying trip to New York to work Ins expert wiles upon the prcrs The public was duly informed l!-.nt r.!l:,s Marion Norman Van K t r a l t s n , a brilliant young society debutante, had been adjudged by the carefully selected and au- thuritative beauty-jury winner of Punty Pictures' Nation-Wide Photographic Contest. She* would be starred in Mr. Templeton Sayles' glamorous, subtle, nnd daring prize- winning romance, "Maiden Effort." Her leading man, new to the screen hut notable in the loftiest circles of Kurope and America, would be announced later. A separate effort of the Dickstein genius was devoted to a coyly suggestive intimotion of a budding romance between the lovely Miss Van Straiten and a leading figure in the motion picture industry. As Moby's finesse was (hat of a rhinoceros at a garden pnrty, Gloria confiscated such copie, of this effusion as would be likely to meet Marne's eye, and cautioned the writer to confine any remarks upon the topic within the limits of his own foolish face. She could not confiscate A. Leon Snydocker, nor bind 'him to discretion. His "darr-lings" became more fervid and frequent. Yet he seemed to moke little progress with Marne. Management, he perceived, was c.-illed for. He made a trip to New York. Before his return a large box arrived at Moldavia, addressed tr Miss Van Straiten at Maiden E.Tort Headquarters. Moby Dick- s'ein picked it up at the express of- rVe, brought it out, and called Karne into conference. He had received certain instructions, upon which he intended, if necessary, to improve. Opened by the unsuspecting recipient, the parcel revealed a superb «veainc Crock. "Tvnafs tms lor?" "You." "I haven't ordered any clothes. "You didn't have to. The Big Fella sent it." "You'll have to take them back." Moby devised a last-minute strategy. "Back where? They're on the studio, these daddies." · lou mean mat me company pays for them?" "Why, sure. The company pays for everything. That's the way this business is run." "Oh! well, that's different. But what's the gown for? When do I wear it?" "It's a ball-gown, ain't it?" "Yes. Such a lovely one!" "Then you wear it in the ballroom scene," decided Moby. "I love the dress." Tenderly she lifted the creation. A small leather casket was dislodged from the folds. She opened it. "Wh-wh-wh-wh- why!" she stuttered. "They Jook like emeralds." She let the necklace ripple and sparkle through her fingers, then dropped it. She stared at the First Assistant, her brows drawing down. "Cert'ny, they look like emeralds," retorted that quick-witted diplomat. "The camera won't know the difference." "I hardly would, myself," she confessed, reassured. "But of course they're too brg to be real." "I'll tell you," said Moby. "You rig up in this outfit and we'll try a few shots." With the aid of a maid, supplied Dy the thoughtful management, sne made a more than satisfactory toilet. "Gee, that's somethin'l" was Moby Dickstein's admiring comment when she appeared. The camera kept them busy until six o'clock. Marne was back in her room when Gloria, who had been to town, came up. The beauty girl set her distended hands on her hip-joints and whistled. "Where'd you raise the green- ies?" "They came Jby express from New York." Marne peacocked a bit. "Does that make you Queen of the May!" said Gloria in a peculiar tone. "What do you think of it?" "What do you want me to think of it? A. Leon Snydacker's been spreading himself, I'd say!" "This is nil from the studio." "Oh, yeah? I suppose they struck emeralds, digging that last sewer." "They're imitation. Aren't they good!" "I'll say they're good. So are you. 1 haven't got the heart to hog a show like this all to myself. Hi! Casanova!" A grunt from down the hallway responded. "Mist-er Saylesl Tempy, my lad. Step this way." Kelsey appeared in his doorway. "What's up?" "The preview's on. Better bring your eye-shade." He entered the room. He looked at Marne and a slow-gathering shadow darkened his face. "So that's it, is it?" said he quietly. "What's the matter, old bean? Got a touch of liver?" inquired Gloria maliciously. "No; but really." Marne appealed to him with uplifted and expectant eyes, avid for appreciation of her new splendors. "How do I look?" "Rather like a beetle, I should say." "What kind of beetle?" she persisted, still too pleased with herself not to be confident of approval. "Some beetles are quite nice." "Tastes differ. I had in mind one of those greenish, slick, slinky kind of beetles. I believe," he added with judicial deliberation, "they call them diggers." "That will about suffice for you, Halfwit," snapped Gloria. With a sharply heightened color Marne addressed the other girl. "I think I'll wear it down to dinner tonight." "Swell! Let's all dress up and make it a party." "Great idea!" growled Kelsey. "Snydacker will appreciate it, I'm sure. His car just came in." "Perhaps there's a gown for you, too," said Marne to her ally, ignoring the young man. "You'd better look and see." "I will. What a hope!" she added as she herded Kelsey out into the hall and closed the door after him. At once she turned upon him. "A nice show you put onl" "You got me into it." "How'd I know you were going to act like a sore-tailed bear? What's it to you anyway?" "Nothing. Only it makes me sick to see a girl sell out like that." Gloria was feeling a little that way herself about it, but she came to her friend's support loyally. "How do you know she's sold out?" "She isn't getting that lay-out for nothing, is she?" "Maybe the emeralds are phony." "The dress isn't. And I'd have sworn she was a straight kid." 'What right have you got to think she isn't?" challenged the defender. "If she is, she won't be long," was the harsh rejoinder. "And who cast you for Captain of the Rescue Squad? It strikes me you're doing a little more in the heart-throb line than the script calls for." Kelsey managed a grin. "You're right, of course, Gloria. Watch me behave like a perfect gent. As a start I'll go and dress for the festive occasion." Someone passed the word to A Leon Snydacker, who not only ap peared in tails and a white waistcoat but, radiant, ordered up champagne from his private stock. "Darr-ling" was his greeting to Marae; "you look"--he paused. 1SL 17 44 31 18 * 2.6 45 1? 42 J0 32, 36 2.7 33 2.8 30 52 38 46 26 43 5-0 34 37 8 ll£). 1^25, \\ calLrn i Horizontal. 1--Very venomous snake of Asia 5--Common laborers (chiefly Lutln American) 9--Type of small boat 11--A slave 12--Negative 14--Pasty composition used for covering 1 walls 1C--Third note of musical scnlu 17--African antelope 19--Of excellent grade, quality or size 20--An Idiot 21--To drive out 23--To color by dipping In fluid 24--To search for 25--la becoming to 27--Flat dish 23--Cheering cry 30--Poisonous viper II--Protective dress covering 33--To praise or srlorlfy IE--An entreaty IE--To point at 38--Biblical character who sold his blrthrlEht 10--A pole or cnne 41--A reKlon supposed by some theologians to be on the edge of hell 43--Kind of soft metal 4--That Is' (abbr.) 6--Assistants 7--Thoroughfare (nbbr.) 8--To succeed In an examination 9--True 1--Waterways surroundlnp ensiles Si--On« of a number of sl«n= irupapcr Unltn ) Vertical. 1--A hind of blzick tea 2--N'cnr, or nert to 3--To k n o c k K«-ntly 4--Shoim.ikers' tools 0 -- A n u i i u u l In rank C--Yo n i u k r a mlbt.ik* 7 -- H e l o i i K l n e to 8--To i-lianiie 10--Praises 1 1 -- P r e c i p i t o u s , ns a c l i f f 13--A burden, or o h l l i / n t l o n 13--Jlan ansl»;ned to Bet e n e m y In- f o r m n l l n n In w a r t i m e 16--Horse's hair I N - -Km rouclu cl upon 20--A post or s t a t i o n at n distance f r o m the main body of an a r m y 22--Jewelled headdress 2 ) -- A h u r r y 2 C -- N o t w i t h s t a n d i n g (contracted f o r m ) 28--Slack, or u n r e s t r a i n e d 31--Wood of the ngalloch 3 2 -- h j i l k e * 33--Ash 34--A den 35--The Izxst k l n p of Troy 37--An evil sprite 39--Beneath 41--Minus 42--Native metals 45--Hu.id covering 46--Htcllned upon 48--father 50--Note of musical scale Solution nlll appear la next ^ seemng a sunimuiiuy word--"colossal," he brought out triumphantly. Marne laughed. "I I/'te myself pretty well in this," she admitted. "But the camera may not like me so well." "I am the camera here," said A. Leon, unconsciously plagiarizing Louis XVI and with much the same implication. "What I see in you the camera will see. Though maybe not all, darr-ling," he concluded Marne suppressed a slight misgiving at the fervor of his tone Later, at table, the great man. flushed with the effort of an impromptu speech wherein he predicted an unparalleled success for pic lure and star (uproarious applause led by Moby Dickstein), leaned ovei to her ear and said in a low and significant half-whisper: "This week-end I have to be in Hollywood. But next week-end; eh, darr-ling?" "You mean for the ball room scene?" "Whut-whut-whut - whut - ivliut? Oh, we-ell. If you want to call it that," he answered after a slightly sulky and uncertain pause. "All right," she agreed cheerfully. But he had sense enough to wonder whether it really was all right. He'd leave it to the invaluable Moby Dickstein to smooth out the details. "What they shooting tomorrow?" he inquired. Marne frowned. "Trying out one of the love scenes." "Ah, if I could act!" sighed the President of Purity Pictures, rolling up his liquid and expressive eyes. "How glad I'd be to be playing the hero with you." Next morning, Moby, who had been relegated to his old job of directing, for this special picture, encountered plenty of trouble, mainly with the masculine lead as interpreted by Templeton Sayles, Esq. Thus far the hero had been everything that he should not have b-cn. He was camera-conscious. He flinched. He jittered. His walk was a strut and his smile a simper. It was with dark forebodings that Moby Dickstein approached the crucial love-scene rehearsal. His misgivings were justified. Bad as Kelsey had been in the preceding episodes, he was at his worst in this. Thnt indestructible and tireless patience which is an essential to nil directing wa'5 taxed to the utmost by the time Moby had lured the loving couple into their first clinch. It broke down a moment later. He advanced upon the hero, flailing the air. "For the luvva Mike!" he yelped. "Whatsamatter?" "Well, what is the matter?" coun- , tered Kelsey, "I'm doing the best { I know how." ·'You ain't doin* the best Maiden Featherston knows how. Remember you're him." I "He makes me sick," said Kelsey definitely. "You wrote him, didn't you? Well, try to be him for a minute. Looka here. Lookit what the script calls for." He beat the unresisting paper with the back of his hand. 'Clasps and kisses tier passionately. D'you call that a kiss!" "This is only a rehearsal," the leading man defended himself. "What of it? Don't act like you're scared of her. She ain't got leprosy." "It's only sunburn," confirmed Marne with an encouraging smile. "AH right," yielded Kclsey. Where do I stand now?" "Here. Take your line. Put some pep into it. Kiss her; don't nibble her." "Mousie! Mousie!" said Marne, which didn't help much. "I'm doing as well as I can," stated the unhappy amateur. "The real trouble is," the girl explained, "that he doesn't approve of me." "You tell me what you want," said Kclsey through set teeth to Moby, "and I'll go through with it." "If it kills the poor thing," finished Marno. It was x a painful morning. The work went on, with the hero floundering, and smoldering, the director sweating profusely, and the heroine alone getting any fun out of it. She seemed to find a malign satisfaction In her oppositc's reluctant approaches. Toward noon A. Leon Snydacker walked in and Templeton Sayles, Esq., walked out. "How about it?" queried the big boss. "Bwana, he's lousy." j ··what do vou think, darr-linfi?" ' "The same'as iviooy, onry more so.""You don't like him?" "I think he's poisonous," averred the girl with unnecessary vigor. "That's good," commented the magnate complacently. "What J "What do you think, darr-ling?" mean is I wouldn't want you should like him too much, darr-ling. It's up to Moby to handle him right. We can work it out with him, I guess." It was no part of the cunning magnate's idea to substitute some handsome and expert leading man whom his star might find attractive. "Just as you say, 3wana," sighed the director. "But I hate to think what'II happen in that rescue scene." "Where he swims out and bri. ** her to shore?" "Yes. Where she falls out of the cai.oe. He'll handle her like she was a sack of coal and he a long- shui cman. Use no hooks." "Will it be safe? Can you swim, darr-ling?" "Of course." A. Leon began to gloom with thought. Recognizing the symptoms, Moby signaled the others for silence. Presently the great man sprang to his feet, whirling his arms in one of (hose spasmic inspirations to which lie \vas subject. "J got it," he vociferated, "i gol it. 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