Denton Journal from Denton, Maryland on November 19, 1938 · Page 7
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Denton, Maryland
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Saturday, November 19, 1938
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MAIDEN EFFORT -Jby Samuel Hopkins Adams © Samuel Hcpkint Adanu WNU Service THE STORY CHAPTER 1-- Kelsey Hare, young architect convalescing from a breakdown, meets Martin Holmes, struggling author. In a storm on a lake near Moldavia, N. Y.. ana later settles down with him at his estate, Holrnesholm. Finding Holmes studying a newspaper picture of a Park avenue debutante. Kelsey learns that a story by Holmes has been rejected In a $15,000 contest run by Purity Pictures. A. Leon Snydacker. president, for a novel suitable for plcturiza- Uon. to which the winner of a Mystery Beauty contest will btar. Kelsey buys the manuscript from Holmes end rents his house. One of the conditions of the deal is that Kelsey adopt Holmes' pen name. "Tern- pleton Sayles." After Holmes departs on a trip, a telegram arrives for Sayles which Kelsey leaves unopened. Clunk, odd man servant, places the debutante's picture on the mantel on top of the telegram. .n/ir-ic.n 11 -- me rurmwenue van oirai- tens, at breakfast with their niece Marlon, are horrified to find her picture in the paper as one of ten remaining contestants for the Purity Pictures award, and learn that Liggett Morse, admirer, has entered Marion · 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 Pills fortune, Marlon finds nine other beauties. She makes friends with Gloria Glamour, flip professional beauty contestant. At lunch together, they meet Moby Dlcksteln. Snydacker's press agent and factotum. Sny- dacker Is overwhelmed with Marlon's beauty and "class." to which be Is extremely itisceptlble. repeatedly calls her "Darr- llng. 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 leadlnff man. CHAPTER IV-- Moby Is referred to Martin Holmes for Information on Sayles. and Gloria flirtatiously takes the can. 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 pic- lure from the mantel, and uncovers the telegram, now four days old, apologizing (or a "mistake." and demanding Sayles' immediate presence In New York for a conference with Snydacker. When Moby and the girls arrive on location. Kelsey learns for the first time that the Holmcs-Saylcs novel was the winner. He confides his predicament to Moby and Is persuaded to continue the hoax on Snydacker and the girls. 10 that Holmes can win the $15.000. CHAPTER V -- Snydacker's anticipation of the meeting with Sayles is not shared by Kelsey, whom Moby advises to say "Yes" to everything. They meet at a Moldavia tan, and argue the title of the "super- creatlonal" picture, finally changing it from "Virgin Effort" to "Maiden Effort. " When Kelsey learns he Is to play the lead, the embodiment of the Insidious Sayles, he ·threatens to quit, but Gloria pleads with him to stick for a month. Meanwhile. Hare and Marlon develop a defensive, almost Insulting. relatfonshiD -Just a minute, Bwana." got out a pencil and poised it. "Shoot." "Miss Van Stratten." explicated the mastermind, "lets fall a remark before Mr. Sayles that she can't swim. See?" "Yes," assented the two listeners, the girl dubiously, the director reverently. "All right. You can't swim. Now here's my big idcar. A stoo-pendous Idear, if I do say it. We'll get him up on that bluff below the house. That's your job, Moby. Miss Van Stratten comes paddling along, carefree and singing blithely as in the script." (He had taken a moment to consult it.) "She sees him. Now; drammer! 'Yoo-hoo! Mister Sayles!' Up she jumps, and over she goes. What can he do? He's gotta make a play to save her, ain't he?" "I wouldn't trust him," asserted .Marne. "He'd probably be glad to .see me drown." "I'll be there, watching, darr- aing," A. Leon assured her. "Besides, how can you drown ·when you swim like a fish?" ar- jjued Moby. "Sh-sh-sh-sh!" warned the deviser of the Idear Stoo-pendous. "He might be listening. You get it, don'1 you? We'll have a camera planted where he can't see it. And there's your rescue scene." "Great, Bwana! Splendid P* acclaimed Moby. "There's a bunch of willows on the shore that we can shoot from." "I'll bet it'll flivver if it depends on Templeton Sayles," was Marne's uncomplimentary opinion. "Leave it to me," said A. Leon grandly. After the discharge from household duties o/i a pension so large that he viewed each successive check with dark suspicion, Glunk established himself as Marne's volunteer bodyguard. His leisure moments he devoted to staring at the sky with an expression of doubt and apprehension Once Mame caught him perform- big what seemed to be some sort of propitiatory rite to unseen gods, presumably of the weather. Between observations he would retire to a small work-shed attached to the mansion, to tinker with an ancient and decrepit flat-boat which he had dragged up. derelict, from the lake. There was plenty of weather for his observations. All the Finger Lakes region had for a month cowered under a pall of weepy, gray clouds. The normally peaceful little creek which crooked a protective elbow around Holrnesholm before emptying into the lake, was a brawling torrent, and the dry ravine on the other side of the house now hardly controlled a boisterous stream. Marne repeated Moby Dickstcin's despairing query to Glunk. "Doesn't it ever clear up? I'm getting bored with it." With Marne the monster occasionally became quite loquacious. He iiow kurst into consecutive speech. "Rain," he chattered. "Plenty rain. Mo' rain. Tomorrow, meb- fce sun. Mcbbe two day. Mebbe free. Rain again." He swept a long, anxious look around the dull horizon and drew his head in between his shoulders like a threatened turtle. "Too much rain. Bad place," he announced. "I think it's a lovely place, if It weren't so wet." Glunk produced his week's check. "You get mon'?" he requested confidently, She nodded. Nobody else would the creature trust in his financial dealings, and each time that Marne produced cash for his bit of paper, he gazed upon her with the worship* ful awe due to a worker of miracles "What do you ao wiui all your money, Glunk?" "Whusshh." He pressed his hairy, great hand over his lips, then removed it to exhibit his three-fanged smile. "You come," he invited after spying about to assure himself that there was no one within watching distance. Roundabout, threading between barns and outhouses, stopping to stare and mumble at the brawling creek, he led her by a devious route back to a vine-swathed, wooden structure behind the house, sheltering a long disused well. Darting to his work-shed, he reappeared with a flashlight which he directed into the well-mouth. "You keep it down there?" "Urgck." "That's very clever of you." Grinning, he indicated a cavity, some eight feet down, formed by the displacement of a stone. This, she was given to understand, was his bank. He seemed enormously pleased with it. "Well, I wouldn't want to go down there," the girl decided. "I don't believe it's safe. Those walls look bulgy to me." Again the hoarder hunched his shoulders. "Too much rain," he growled uneasily. True to his prophecy, however, the sun blazed forth on the following morning and chased all the loitering clouds from the sky. It was the perfect opportunity for the canoe test. To be sure, A. Leon Sny- dacker was away for the day, but Moby Dickstein did not dare wait further upon the capricious weather. The first step was to get his leading man to the low bluff overlooking the lake. To one of Moby's diplomatic attainments, this was easy. The oretense was that he needed expert advice in working out some detail of topography. Kelsey made no demur. Everything, the director fondly decided, was perfect. Below the cliff the waters went off very sheer to a depth of several feet. For a skilled swimmer in a hurry, as Moby anticipated that the hero would be, a dive from the summit into safe water would be quite feasible. Or he might elect to slide down the little precipice and plunge from the thin edge of shore. Either way would suit Moby. All that was now needed was Miss Van Stratten. Prompt to the assigned minute, she appeared around the bend, clad in a most becoming bathing suit and propelling the small canoe with strong, easy strokes. As an added feature, not figured in the directorial calculations, the faithful Glunk floundered along the beach, now in, now out of the water, and keeping as nearly abreast as possible. However, that did not matter at the moment. All was set. Exactly opposite the spot where Moby Dickstein and his leading man were engaged in topographical conference and the masked camera waited below for its prey, the canoe paused and drifted, some thirty yards offshore. The occupant lifted her head. "Yoo-hoo! Mobyl" She waved her paddle. "Steady, there," warned Moby as per agreement. "I'm getting all cramped," she complained, and stood up. "Siddownt" yelled the director in well simulated alarm, as the craft wobbled and canted. "I'm all right," she called gayly, and to prove it waved the paddle above her head. "Migawdl She'll be over in a minute." She was. For an uncertain moment she struggled for balance. Then, with a shriek which commanded Moby's professional admiration, she plunged. The canoe swerved aside. The waters boiled. A face rose, dripping and gasping. "Help! Help!" The appeal rent the air. She sank again and again appeared, burbling. Moby Dickstein beat his breast. "Get her. somebody," he wailed. "I can't swim." "All right," snapped Kelsey. In one movement he had shucked his coat and measured the distance for a dive. With a covert grin of satisfaction the director marked the progress of the strategy devised by his boss. The grin disappeared as the progress halted inexplicably. He who had been cast for the role of gallant rescuer seemed to have undergone a change of spirit. Instead of taking a photographable header, he stood, peering toward the spot where the water was still in turmoil with an expression which, at first observant, became suspicious, and finally cynical. "Help! Hel-1-l-lp!" To Moby's attuned ear, a note of exasperation had crept into the appeal. And the supposed hero of the crisis? To his director's unutterable indignation, he sat down comfortably and dangled his legs over the edge of the void through which his devoted body should have been hurtling. "Whatsa matter?" yelped Moby. "Nothing." "Ain't you goin 1 after her?" "Not today," answered the placid hero. "What in hell's bltin' you?" "Don't want to get my feet wet," explained Kelsey. Out in the lake Marne was doing a very creditable job of drowning, but getting a little bored with it. Coming up for the third (and she hoped it would be the last) time, she heard a roar of terror and dismay in a voice strangely unlike that of Templeton Sayles, Esq. Glunk to the rescue I A fountain of foam marked his flC/oic progress, nc cuveiuu tlie distance at a speed which even the expert Kelsey could hardly have bettered. Arriving at the spot, he fixed a mighty grip upon the first portion of Marne's anatomy to present itself. Unfortunately this chanced to be an ankle. Consequently her passage to the safety of the beach was mainly sub-surface. She arrived in a mood for murder. Beaming and fawning, Glunk set her on her feet and aided her, as best he could to recover herself. After an interval of strangling she lifted her eyes and behold the suppositions hero of the recent scene. Nobody else was in sight. The cameraman had lost interest in the event from the moment when Die apparition of the impromptu lifesaver impinged upon the sensitive lens. As a stooge for tlie leading man, Glunk, full-face, lacked plausibility. With his unerring sense of expediency, Moby Dickstein had also decided to fade away. In all the smiling landscape, the only foil for Marne's righteous resentment was the young man now swinging nonchalant legs above her. To make matters worse, he was lighting a cigarette. "All right now?" he asked kindly. "Youl" She tried for an effect of blighting scorn, but impaired it by sputtering. "I've been thinking you over. Would you like to krfow what I think of you?" "Get it off your mind if you feel you must." "I think you're a coward." I've tried to be decent to you, but now I'm through. I've known all the time that you were a big bluff. But you're so much worse than I ever dreamed that--that--" "Don't try to finish it. You'll only spoil the effect." "Nothing could have an effect upon your sort." "There you misjudge me. I'm reaily a sensitive soul. Some day," he finished sadly, "you will realize how you have wounded me. But it may then be too late." "You don't mean it's likely to prove fatal?" she asked hopefully. "It might. You don't realize your own power. I'm going home now to weep on my pillow." Before she could think of the answer to that one he had disappeared in the brush. The tramp steamer, Andreas A. Onderdonk, bound for Central America with a deckload of Martin Holmes' nervous troubles, was beaten far off her, course into a Texas port, on the same day as Marne's maritime misadventure. While the boat was laid up for minor replacements, her lone passenger went to the town library to catch up with the news, he being, at the time, some weeks in arrears. In a New York newspaper of past date he saw again the features of Miss Marion Norman Van Stratten. "Our old friend Miss Adelina Ashcan, the back-door debutante," he murmured, and read the accompanying letter-press. From this he learned that Miss Van Stratten's prize-winning face was then being rehearsed in A. Leon Snydacker's production of "Maiden Effort." Naturally the title meant nothing to him. But he was miidly interested in the result of the competition wherein his entry had so signally flopped. He appealed to the lady librarian. "Have you anything else about this?" The official, a faded and roguish spinster of fifty, chanced to be a motion picture fan, and therefore a compendium of information. "Miss Van Stratten? Oh, yes, indeed! She's the new star. A New York society girl. You don't happen to know her, do you?" "No. I'm not interested in her. It's the picture I'd like to know about." "You might find something in one of these." Several trade papers, having to do with the Hollywood industry were put into his hands. He seated himself at a table and looked them over with a languid eye, which was suddenly fixed in a fishy stare. Holding up one of the publications, he rose and advanced upon his informant, his finger glued to a paragraph, his face contorted into an expression which alarmed the librarian equally for his mental state and her physical safety. He thrust the publication at her. "You read this. I'm not sure I got it right. This. Right here. Read it to me." "Please sit down," she said in what she hoped were soothing accents. "Is this it? Very well." She began: " 'The new Purity Pictures production, Maiden Effort, from the prize-winning novel by Templeton Sayles, will be under the personal supervision of A. Leon Sny--" "Wait a minute, please. Who did it say it was by?" "Templelon Sayles. Do you know him?" "I am Templeton Sayles." "You!" ejaculated the lady librarian. "Oh, gosh!" "Exactly," said Martin Holmes- Sayles. "It says here that Templeton Sayles is cast to play leading man opposite Miss Van Stratten." "Maiden Featherston?" "That's it." "Then it's my story, all right." She frowned. "But they're taking the picture now, so this says. "Don't get sore Just because he outsmarted you." How can that be if you're Mr. Templeton Sayles?" "That's what I'm going to find out," said he grimly. "By the next train north. Good-by, and thank you." (To be continued next week) Subscribe for the Journal. Red Cross Seeks Cut In Accident Toll 1,725,406 First Aiders Trained Since 1910 Cognizant of tremendous losses In human lives and of permanent Injuries resulting from accidents in homos, on farms and highways, and urouud Indus- ·rial plants as well as In tlio basement workshop, officials of tlie American Itccl Ctoss linvo been directing a sya ·.cmatlc tight against what they term "this economic waste." As part of this nation-wide effort lo reduce deaths and permanent In Junes from accidents, a recent state ment from Red Cross headquarters In Washington reports that during the 12 months certificates have been granted to 295.028 persons completing vouiscs In the administration of Fled Cross first aid. Holders of thcso ccrtlllcates have followed detailed courses of study and have been taughi how to splint fractured limbs, stop flow of bluod, treat poison sufferers, care for victims of heat, electric shock, and handle other common emergency situations. The courses emphasize methods of caring for patients until professional medical aid can be summoned to scenes of accl tlcnts. Slnco 1910, the report reveals, 1,725, 100' persons hare received this training from qualified Red Cross Instructors, ind at the present lima 20,421) personi iro qualified to give such Instruction. Bringing help nearer scenes of pos -ilhlo accident, 2,451 emergency flrst .ild stations have been established In strategic locations on principal high ways throughout the nation, operators of the statloi.s receiving thr prescribed Red Cross Instructions and maintaining full first aid equipment on the spot. Conveniently placed, they also maintain up-to-date lists of available doctois and ambulanco services pledged In advance to cooperate with Red Cross first nldcrs in preventing deaths and permanent Injuries that so frequently result from automobile accidents. Mobile first aid units also have been established in cooperation with state highway and police departments, operators of public utility vehicles and others frequenting highways, operators of such units also receiving- the prescribed Red Cross courses In flrst alJ. To cut the number of persons -losing- their lives through drowning ·while sulmmlng, tho Red Cross lias redoubled efforts to train na m?.ny persons as possible in life saving methods. During the past year 8S.1GO persons received certificates upon completion of courses. Since 1914, 884,6-19 persona have been trained in Red Cross life saving methods, Including thousands of persbns In CCC camps, beach patrolmen, catnp Instructors, and school boys and girls. Carrying the fight onto farms and Into homes, a campaign to eliminate accidents caused by careless habits and faulty equipment last year resulted in self-checks being made In 10,000,000 American homes through cooperation of children In school, women's clubs, farm organizations, and other groups. Tlio 3,700 Red Cross chapters and their branches In every county are cooperating In this national effort to end needless pain and suffering resulting from such accidents. These efforts to lessen such appalling tolls of human lives and usefulness are made possible through memberships In the Red Cross. The annual Roll Call will be held between November 11 and Thanksgiving Day, when all Americans are asked to Join or renew their affiliation to ensure continuation of accident prevention measures. Join the Red Cross Chapter In your community during tho Roll Call, November 11 to 24. 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