Denton Journal from Denton, Maryland on December 24, 1938 · Page 7
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Denton, Maryland
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MAIDEN EFFORT Samuel Hopkins Adams D Samuel HopUni Maaa WNUStrrica THE STORY CHAPTER I-- Kelsey Hare, young architect convalescing trom a breakdown, meets Martin Holmes. struRKllng author. In a ·torm on a lake near Moldavia. N. Y.. and later settles down with Mm at his estate. Finding Holmes studyLne a o j e s o . newspaper picture ol a Park avenue debutante; Kelsey learns thai a story by Holmes his been rejected In a $15,000 contest run by Purity Pictures. A. Leon Snydacker. pJesldenlT tor a novel suitable lor Pjc"";'"; Uon. in which the winner of a Mystery Beauty conlest will star. Kelsey buys the manuscript from Holmes and rents his houseT One of the conditions of the deal ll that Kelsey adopl Holmes' pen name. Tem- jdeton Sayles." Alter 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 leleKram. wfuu-ic.n 11-- me mrit Avenue van atrat- lens, at breakfast with their niece Marton. are borrlfled to Bnd her picture In the i paper as one of ten remalnlnE Co j ll . e5tanl f hfo , r t i/ Purity Pictures award, and learn thai : Liggett Morse, admirer, has entered Marlon I picture on a bet. After threats of being taken abroad until the "scandal dies i *wrj. Marion decides adventurously to go through with the contest. CHAPTEK HI-- In the offices of A. Leon Snydacker. heir to the Pecketfa Persuasive PUJS fortune. Marlon finds ntae other beau- Ues, She makes friends wtth Gloria Clamour. flip professional beauty contestant At hmcb together, they meel Moby DJcksteln. Snydncker's press ageat and factotum, sny- dicker is ovcnvhelmed wtth Marlon's beau. tv and "class," to which he Is extremely SsJeptlble. repeatedly calls her "Darr- llng.'^ and awards her the 1 J-"4 Marlon refuses to accept without and the two girls and Moby plan, ate departure for Ihe estate of Templeton Styles, who Is to be leading man. CHAPTER IV-- Moby ts referred to Martin Holmes for Information on Sayles. and Clorla flirtatiously takes the cafl. Meanwhile. Hare ll Interrupted In his rewrtlinc feminine callers, one of whom he , recognizes as the pictured beauty In the paper. Afler they leave, be lakes the pic- Ee from the mantel, and uncovers the Hire iroin wic mantel. «««««·*«··.-- ---- Utegram. now four days old. apologizing to a "mistake." and demanding Sayles'Im- mediate presence In Netf York for a conference wtth Snydacker. When Moby and the girls arrive on location. Kelaey learns for the Brst time thai the Holmes-Sayles novel was the winner. He confides nil predicament to Moby and Is persuaded to continue the hoax on Snydacker and the girls, so that Holmes can vvia the 115.000. CHAPTER V--Snydacker's anticipation oJ the meeting with Sayles Is not shared b SSsey. whSm Moby advises lo say "Yes to everything. They meet at a Moldavi- ton. and argue the lltle of the "super ereatlonal" picture, finally changing It from · "irgln Effort" to "Maiden Effort?' When Kclsey learns he Is to play the lead, the embodiment of the Insidious Sayles. h; threatens to quit, but Clorla pleads will him to stick for a month. Meanwhile. Harr and Marlon develop a defensive, almost In suiting. relatlonshlD CHAPTER VI--The picture goes Inlo pru duetlon at Holmesholm. with Kelsey dolnj. a hopeless Job as hero. Marlon remain: cold lo Snydacker's "darr-llngs," even It toe Rift of an evening dress and emcralc necklace. Moby's publicity hints at romance between star and magnate. Kelsey s sus plclons grow, and his relations with Marli.: become more bitter. In desperation at his acting. Moby frames an enactment of f rescue scene. He sets Hare on the shore conceals the cameras, and has Marten fal overboard from a canoe. Kelsey remain: calmly sitting, and It Is Glunk. her self appointed bodyguard, who rescues the fun ous girl. Meanwhile. Holmes reads the papers about the picture, and Is furious as hi Ihinir. Kelsey Hare has double-crossed him CHAPTER VTI -- The girls discus: "Sayles." Gloria admitting she Ukes him Marion insisting he's a coward, which Glo ria reports to Hare. Meanwhile. Marloi avoids Snydacker. who orders Moby to pro mote his suit Moby tells Marton she li practically engaged to Snydacker, and cannot understand her refusal to play the game The rescue scene Is done again, wltli "Sayles" and Marlon paddling. "Sayles" stop* the canoe at the spot of Marion's fake drowning, and proves to her that It Is tor shallow. Marlon, furious, threatens to qull. CHAPTER Vin--Snydacker fights will Mob* over his failure with Marlon, am flrea' him. He offers her a diamond, am promises to marry her as soon as he gei fis divorce. Marlon laughs at him. Sny dicker Immediately calls off all production Ores everyone except Marlon, allowed haL' nay if she stays on at Holmesholm. Moby. now eloquently drunl:, argues again, claims Marlon's society background Is ha ovm bullduu. and Is rehlred at a raise In DBV. -tie can nave ine pan," oroKc out Kelsey with violence. "You've helped yourself to the character of Templeton Sayles." "He can have him, too, and wel come." "And what does he get? A trip on a tramp steamer." "He can't come back too fast to suit me." "He is back." "Who? Martin Holmes? Not here?" "Right here. And he wants to see you. Hey, Ulysses! This is your cue." Holmes came in. He stopped across the table from his tenant and regarded him with a scowl, ignor- · ing his outstretched hand "I've got · a lew things to say to you, Hare," said he. "Say "em." Kelsey looked at hit own hand as if surprised to see it there and stuck it into his pocket. "You took the fifteen thousand for 'Love Beyond Sin.' " "I did." "My story. Do you happen to know that the prize was awarded before you bought it?" "I do." "Wait a second," put in Gloria. "You're going at this wrong-end to. D'you want to split fifty-fifty, Tem- py?» "No." "All right. You win." This from . Hclmes. "But 1 just wonder what a bird like you thinks of himself." "« "I wonder a little about that, my- ·self," put in Gloria. "Oh, not so badly, if you ask me. "Would you care to have my opinion of you?" queried the other man "Not before a lady," grinned Kel- Se "bon't mind me," said Gloria. '1 guess I think about the same." "You wound me to the heart. In other words, you make me sick. And that goes for both of you. I've taken plenty from this household, but I'm getting good and fed up. "Calm down, Big Boy: calm down," soothed Gloria, for bis voice hnd assumed an edge which Inspired misgivings in her experienced soul. The Inside door opened. Marnfi, clad in pajamas and dressing gown, ' stood glooming at them with heavy eyes. "Hasn't a half-pay star got any rights on this lot?" she asked plaintively. ' "What's your trouble, kid?" coun- 4ewd Gloria. "Seep. You're making more noise ·than A cageful of hyenas. I don t tnow. what the debate Is, but why 'not leave it to the League of Na- iions?" "Too tough. It'd bust the organization. What d'you think, kid; we ve «ot two Templeton SaylMM here. uounr em, two." "One is too many." "This is the real one," said the beauty-girl, with an indicative wave of her arm. "And a pretty interesting specimen, if you ask me. Answers to the name of Martin Holmes in real life." "He's certainly an improvement on the other," opined Marne, acknowledging the introduction. "In fact, he couldn't help but be." "Thanking you on behalf of both of us," said Kelsey evenly. "Just another fake," said Gloria, regarding him sadly. "I thought I knew something about men. But he had me fooled." She outlined the financial deal according to the Holmes version. "There's the layout. Anything to add?" she interrogated the accused. "I'd like to spc^k to you alone," said the tenant to his landlord. "Well, 1 don't want to talk to you alone or any other way." "AD right." The lower part of Kelsey's countenance took on a look as if it had been chiseled hollow and filled with cement. "I can be just as unpleasant as anybody else, if necessary." Marne nodded a sapient head. "What else would you expect of a face like that?" "He certainly does Jut a mean jaw," admitted Glorie. "And yet" --she sighed--"I dunno." "Anyway I don't have to have him playing opposite me any more," rejoiced the star. "1 dunno about that, either. We d better wait on A. Leon. We don't want toigum the picture." "I'll settle that point," put in Holmes. "Something tells me that our friend, the ex-Templeton Sayles, rear entrance."' "Then I am not lost," pronounced the stranger. He gazed about him with a melancholy eye. "Check again. But you don't look happy about it." He shut off his engine and got out. "I am Mr. Gormine," he announced. "How do you do?" said Gloria politely. "May I ask if you belong here?" "Temporarily." "In connection with the A. Leon Snydacker production of -- er -Maiden Effort?" "Something tells me that onr friend, t h e ex-Templeton Sayles, is going to take a long journey." is going lo take a long journey." "Yes?" queried that gentleman interestedly. "Where to?" "Any place on a one-way road." "Too kind. But, after all, why should I? Charming place. Congenial company. Atmosphere of friendly warmth. Why depart so happy a life?" "Because you'ra not wanted here," said Holmes tartly. "I believe that's unanimous. Any dissenting voices? The yeas have it. So, Hare, I'll remind you that this is my house." "And I'll remind you that my lease still has a month to run." Kelsey rose. "I expect to be sitting on the front porch for the next hour or two. Any Committee on Evictions can find me there. I might add that I really need some exercise." "You're going to stay?" queried Marne. "That is my present intention." "And do you expect to be treated like a human being, after what you've done?" "Not by you, darr-ling," retorted Kelsey with his sunniest smile. "Well, I guess that's that," commented Gloria ns the door closed behind Kelsey's broad and obstinately set shoulders. "It's going to be a full house with two Templeton Sayleses," grinned Holmes. "You're sticking?" · "I certainly am as long as you're here." "Believe it or not," Gloria shouted up the stairway to Marne, "the sun's coming out." "Well, I'm not," Marne called back, "if that's what you mean." "Ah, come on," invited the beauty-girl. "There's nothing else to do." "I've got some unanswered letters. And this is my day to get 'em off my hands." Belatedly she had recalled a promise to Liggy Morse that she would write him all about it. Good old Liggy! He-must have collected his lucky bet by this time. She would have loved to see him celebrating his victory. Inspired of a touch of homesickness, there crept into her letter an implication that she would not be averse to seeing him if he happened to be up-state Gloria went out alone. Strolling lazily along beside the roadway, she noted with some surprise the approach of a large, strange car, slowly driven. It came to a stop opposite her. A small, prim man in black leaned out. "I beg your pardon." "What for?" asked Gloria. "For addressing you on the public highway." "I've been addressed before. Besides, this isn't a public highway. "Then I am lost." "Where do you want to get to? "Maiden Effort headquarters." "Cheek, nrofessor. This is tiw "You guessed it." "Then," he decided after n slow scrutiny, "you must be Miss Marion Norman Van Stratten." True to her principle of never allowing her conscience to cramp her amusements, Gloria smiled in a manner which might have been taken to indicate assent. In fact, it had that tentative purpose. There was also the intention of playing for time. If this meant trouble, as it might--for she distrusted the prim man's looks--she would stall along until she could get warning to Marne. "So what?" said she brightly. "You are pretty," he charged, as if accusing her of crime. "Thanking you for them kind words. And still so what?" "Very pretty," he added in a tone of deep discouragement. "Should that make you burst out crying?" "It is a complication," said Mr. Gormine. "Sometimes," she admitted. "Not always." "Miss Van Straiten, I have a matter of business to present for your consideration." "Don't tell me that you're putting yourself through college by selling an elegant and instructive set of volumes on easy instal--" "I have long since completed my education," stated Mr. Gormine stiffly. "Before you were born." He added: "I am a lawyer." "Sorry, but I don't need one." "May I ask that you abandon this attitude of levity, Miss Van Stratten, and attend to what I have to say?" "You may. Shoot." "I represent the estate of the late Phineas Peckett." "Pills, pellets and persuasion?" "Exactly." "Well, if you're here to persuade me, go ahead and persuade." "As you are doubtless aware"-there was a marked emphasis on the "doubtless"--"the heir to that estate is Mr. A. Leon Snydacker." "Now you're getting interesting. Let's sit down here, side by each, on this mossy bank and you tell me all about it," she suggested with an encouraging smile. "It has come to my professional attention," said Mr. Gormine, "that young Mr. Snydacker is in process of being compromised--in short, of compromising himself with you." Gloria's swift mind began dimly to perceive potentialities of profit. "Compromising?" she retorted. "What about his compromising me?" "That also enters into it," he conceded. "In fact, I am willing to admit it as an element in our negotiations." Negotiations! Gloria's eyes were veiled, as she did some hard thinking. If negotiations didn't mean money, she was an Alpine chamois! And she certainly considered that the Snydacker outfit owed her money. "Do you draw Mr. Snydacker's contracts, Mr. Gormine?" she asked, lifting limpid eyes. "I do." Gloria lowered the eyes to prevent his observing the murderous gleam in them. The game now was to draw him gently on, "A. Leon is very rich," she murmured "Not as rich as is supposed," was the cautious reply. "And such a dear I" "Such a fool!" grunted Mr. Gor- mine. "He knows no more;about this motion picture business that he's got into, than I do about the North Pole." "Wouldn't you think that getting married and settling down would divert his interest from the screen?" inquired Gloria with a face of innocent candor. She had the satisfaction of seeing him wince. "It may have escaped your attention that he is already married." "It hasn't. Nor that he is getting a divorce." "Trying to get a divorce. There may be difficulties." "He says not," improvised Gloria. "I think I will sit down,", said Mr. Gormine, who had been standing stiffly. He parted his coot-tails tie, uucny aispinteo. Gloria found herself in strong disagreement with this view. She was for action, immediate and definite. "Oh, not necessarily," she murmured. The lawyer hesitated. But beneath that spinsterish exterior was dogged courage to pit against the mortification of the spirit. "Cannot this unhappy complication be arranged on a financial basis?" The words were soft music to Gloria's waiting ears. She performed a rapid mental calculation. Damages for her own violated contract she set down at the modest estimate of five thousand dollars. Then there was Marne; she certainly was due for a cut, if only for the use of her name, not to mention the abuse of her reputation. Say another five grand. A flash illuminated her receptive and highly stimulated mind. Martin Holmes! The real Templeton Sayles. That bird hnd certainly had a raw deal. Besides, she liked him. Why not cut a piece of cake for him, while she was about it? Her decision was made. She would shoot for twenty- five thousand and split it three ways. Thus everybody would be happy, except Mr. Gormine, who didn't count. Miss Glamour was nothing if not fair-minded. A. Leon Snydacker's representative repeated his anxious query. "An equitable financial basis," he supplemented. ' "Why not?" said Gloria agreeably. "Ah! Now we are arriving somewhere." "Maybe we are and maybe we aren't. It depends. What's your «i-rn-»fteit i ir»n 9 " * proposition? He reflected. "We might go as high as a thousand dollars," he said weightily. "Pfooie!" said Gloria. "Do I understand that you decline--" "You don't understand simple arithmetic if you think one grand is money for my broken heart." "As practical people, let us omit the broken heart. What is your suggestion?" "Fifty," pronounced Gloria. She had figured this as a good starting point. "Fifty thousand dollars?" "Why not?" "My dear young womanl It is absurd. Outrageous." "Think of my reputation," Mr. Gormine snorted in a moral manner. "You should have considered that before it was too late." "It's never too late for a jury to consider it." "We might go to twenty-rive hundred," said Mr. Gormine with a painful effort. "Chickenfeed." "Five thousand." Desperately and through a constricted throat. "Nothing doing!" "Very well, then; seven thousand. Come now, Miss Van Strntten," he argued persuasively, "seven thousand dollars is a fortune for a young lady in your position." "Oh, yeah?" countered Miss Glamour mournfully. "What about a young lady in my condition?" "I will go to ten. That is positively my last word." It was time for strategic modifications. "Thirty is mine." He rose. "Perhaps you will see, after a night's sleep, the exorbitance of your demands." "Nothing doing." She sighed. "1 suppose I'd better get in touch with A. Leon tomorrow and give him the bad news." ,, "Don't do that. Don't do that, protested Mr. Gormine. "That would be most unfortunate." "I see," said the girl thoughtfully. "You haven't told him you were coming to see me about it." / "No; I haven't. From all points of interest, this would bettor remain a matter between you and me. "O-kay, Judge. That suits the^ injured party. So come through." "What is your best offer, Miss Van Stratten?" Gloria thought it over. "Now, 111 tell you what I'll do, Big Boy. 111 take a chance. I'll sign off for twenty-five grand. Not a cent less. Come on; what d'you say?" "It's outrageous. It's extortion. But I'll go to fifteen thousand and that is positively final." "Zowie! Cash deal." "You would hardly expect me to have that amount on my person." "No checks. They bounce." "This is Wednesday. I will return here next Monday with the cash Don't Miss The Favorites Amos and Andy Monday Through Friday 7:00 To 7:15 P. M. And Edwin C. Hill · , Monday And Wednesday 7:15 To 7:30 P. M. Sponsored By ; Campbell's Soups Maryland's Pioneer Broadcast Station BALTIMORE, MD. 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I love him so," sighed the girl. "Tut-tut! I am pained to hear it. Very pained." "You look it." The lawyer found a grateful respite in shooing away a persistent horse-fly. Well, it must be finished somehow. He braced himself and said: "That leads us to the next question." "What? More?" "I regret that my professional duty compels me to a course quite as distasteful to me ns it can possibly be to you." "I know," she conceded, not quite seeing what was coming next. "Are there likely to be any unfortunate sequelae to your mutual imprudence?" For a moment she was honestly puzzled. "Sequelae? Sounds like those wigglers you find in ponds." "Results. I mean a--a child," asked the badgered interrogator, in an agonized half-whisper. There was an iden! This bird was full of them. Gloria would never have thought of that, herself. It opened up limitless possibilities. She had an Inspiration. "How can I tell--yet?" she murmured. "That seems to bring matters to « standstill lor the oresent." said LeGrande Tomatoes, 3 cans25c LeGrande G R» n limas, 2 cans 19c LeGrande SSf Corn, 2 cans 23c LeGrande wrina Peas, 2 cans 25c LeGrande Spinach, 2 25c XXXX or BROWN SUGAR Lte 15c ALL GOLD Pineapple Juice ALL GOLD Bartlett Pears Can ISC ·m ALL GOLD PEACHES cS 17« JUST TO REMIND YOU That You Will Need Ail Or These For Xmas "lusselman's All Gold Tomato Juice Fruit Cocktail GELERY SNO-SHEEN CAKE FLOUR PkB- Dromedary Cranberry Sauce Majestic Sweet Pickles cans TURKEY LeGrande Saur Kraut Green Giant Peas "I'll go fifteen thousand and that is positively final." nnd the papers for your "Sounds fair. But you'll agree to say nothing to A. Leon in the meantime." "Certainly. And you?" "That goes for me, too. One more thing. Don't show around here again till you come with the cash. 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