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LENOX TIME TABLE, LENOX, IOWA SHIFTING SANDS • • • By SARA WARE BASSETT • • • Copyrlfcht by The Penn Pub. Co. WNU 8«nrlo« CHAPTER XIII —13— TNTBNSB as was the Joy of the ll three persons, who a little later bet out toward the Homestead In the old yellow dory, they were a silent trio. Horatio, pulling at the oars, was unusually earnest, Sylvia turned the ring on her finger reflectively aad Stanley Heath looked far out over the water, too deep in thought to be conscious of either of them. When, however, the boat swung Into the channel, Sylvia spoke. "Hortle and I are not coming .with you, Mr. Heath," she said. "We will stay behind. Only do, please, promise me one thing. Do not tell Marcla the whole story be- iore we have a chance to hear it. There are ever so many connecting links I am curious beyond words to have you supply." "Such as—?' "The jewels in the first place. I can hardly wait to have that mystery solved." "The jewels are no mystery at All. I can satisfy your mind about those here and now. They were Joan's—Mrs. Heath's. Her maid Corinne, took them and disappeared. Soon afterward, purely by accident, I met Paul Latlmer, a friend who lives on Long Island, and during the course of our conversation, he asked if I knew a good man servant, saying that Julien, their butler, had just given notice that he was to be married to Corinne, the new parlor maid, and return with her to France. "The woman's name instantly caught my attention. "Why shouldn't I do a bit of lieuthing on my own account? "Thus far the detectives Joan ilnd I had hired had made no headway at locating the jewels. "Why shouldn't I have a try at U myself? I got a boat and cruised •long to the Latimers' at whose house I had frequently stayed, and •with the habits of whose household X was familiar. My plan was to nrrive early In the morning before , the family was astir and catch the i parlormaid alone at her work. "Should she prove to be our Co- irlnne, I would boldly confront her with the theft and demand the jewels; if, on the other hand, she turned out to be another person altogether, it would be perfectly easy to explain my presence by falling hack on my acquaintance with Paul. "Well, my scheme worked to a Vlot. "I reached the Latimers' unob- (Jerved; found Corrine alone straight- fining up the library; faced her and demanded the jewels. : "The instant .she saw me she I'knew the game was up, and, without more ado, produced the gems I from her pocket, shouldering all I the blame. "Julien, she protested, knew nothing of the theft. He was a self[respecting, honest man. Should he Ike told of what she had done it Ivould end everything between them. S8he loved him. Indeed it wus be- icuuse of him she had committed the i«rime. "It proved they hod been en- Bged some time and long before had agreed to save their money and Iflometlme pool It so they might be I married and buy a little home in [France. wife and mother. At least she has the opportunity. "The other half of my tale—the half I never foresaw nor planned— is familiar to you, "The fog that drove me out of my course; my subsequent shipwreck and Illness; the coming of Currier, our old family servant; the chain of circumstances that brought upon me the calamities from which I have just extricated myself—these are an old story. The only thing that now remains to clear my sky Is for me to right myself with Marcla." "That will be easy," smiled Sylvia. "I wish I thought so," was Heath's moody answer. She was not In the house when at last Stanley Heath overtook her, but far up the beach tossing driftwood Into the surf for Prince Hal to retrieve. The man paused, watching them. Hatless, her splendid body aglow with exercise, Marcia had the freedom and wholesomeness of a young athlete. Yet with all her strength and muscular ease, there was a grace unmistakably feminine In her every movement. When she turned and saw him, she uttered a faint cry, but she did not advance to meet him. Prince Hal did that, racing up the beach, uttering shrill yelps of welcome as he came. A second and the dog was again at Marcla's side, and in this ecstasy of delight he continued to run back and forth until Stanley Heath had covered the sandy curve that Intervened and himself stood beside her. "Marcia—dearest—I have come back—come to ask your forgiveness. I misjudged you cruelly the night we parted and in anger spoke words I had no right to speak. Forgive me, dear! Forgive me! Can you?" "I forgave you long ago—beforo you asked," she whispered. "Forgave without understanding —how like you! But you must not do that. You have more to forgive in ine than you know. Marcia. I have been proud, unbelieving, unworthy of a love like yours. I have mpde you suffer—suffer needlessly. Lhtea to what I have to tell and then see if you can still forgive." Turning they walked slowly along tte shore. "I could have told you about the jewels and how I came by them at the outset had I not suddenly conceived the Idea of tensing you. The plan to conceal my story came to me as a form of sport—a subtle, psychological game. Here I was pitched without ceremony into a strange environment among persons who knew nothing of my background. What would they make of me? How rate me when cut off from my real setting? I resolved to try out the experiment. Women nre said to be Inquisitive, particularly those living In Isolation. My advent could not but stimulate questions. I thought it would be an amusing adventure to circumvent not only your curiosity but also that of the village. "I placed scant dependence on feminine discernment and constancy. "When I went to the war, I left behind a girl who pledged herselt to love and wait for me. When I came back It was to fin'd her married to my best friend. The discovery shook my confidence In hu. man nature, and especially In women, to Us foundations. I derided love, vowing I never would marry and be made a puppet of a second time. "The remainder of the story you know. "I stumbled, a stranger, Into your home and Instantly you set at naught all my preconceived theories of womanhood by believing in me with unreasoning faith. You asked no questions. You did not even exhibit a legitimate curiosity In the peculiar network of circumstances that entangled me. You were a new type of being and I regarded you with wonder. "Still I was not satisfied. I felt sure that If pressed too far your trust in me would crumble and, therefore, I tried deliberately to break it down by throwing obstacles in its pathway. When suspicion closed in upon me I put you to further tests by withholding the explanations I could easily have made. It was a contemptible piece of egoism—selfish and cruel—and dearly have I paid for it. But at least remember that If I caused you suffering I have suffered also. "For Marcia, through It all I loved you. I recognized from the moment I first looked Into your eyes that a force mightier than ourselves drew us together—a force not to be denied. Nevertheless, so bitter had been my experience I dared not As He Held Her in His Arms, the Last Shadow That Separated Them Melted Away. yield to this strange new power. Instead I opposed It with all my strength, giving my love reluctantly, fighting Inch by Inch the surrender I sensed to be Inevitable. "You, on the other hand, had like myself known betrayal, but you hud taken the larger view and not allowed it to warp or mar your outlook on life. When love came knocking a second time, you were neither too proud nor too cowardly to answer it, but freely gave your affection with the gladness and sincerity so characteristic of you. "I do not deserve such a love. "Beside the largeness of your nature my own shows Itself childish —a small, poor thing for which I blush. "Help me to erase the past. "I love you with my whole soul, dear. Everything In me loves you. My life is worth nothing unless you share It. "Will you? "Ah, you need not fear, Marcln. Sylvia has told me everything. Beloved, there is not and never has been a barrier to our marriage. We have misunderstood one another. Let us do so no longer. "I am a free man—acquitted Come to me and let us begin life afresh." She came then, swiftly. As he held her in his arms, the last shadow that separated them melted away. Under the glow of the noonday sun, they walked back toward the Homestead, hand In hand. Sylvia came running to meet them and, throwing her arms about Marcia, kissed her. "Everything Is all right—I can see that," she cried. "Oh, I am so glad—so glad for both of you! "Why, I just could not stand it if you were not happy, because I am so happy myself. Hortle is here, you know. Didn't Stanley tell you? Why, Stanley Heath, aren't you ashamed to forget all about Hortle and me? Yes, Hortle came this morning. We're engaged. See my ring!" "Ring!" repeated Heath. "Mercy on us, Marcia, you must have a ring. I cannot allow this youn? sprite of a niece to outdo you. I am afraid I was not as foreslghted as Mr. Fuller, however. Still, I can produce a ring, sucn as it Is. Here, dear, you shall wear this until I can get something better." He slipped from his little finger the wrought-gold ring with its beau tifully cut diamond. "I—I—do not need a ring," murmured she, drawing back and putting her hands nervously behind her. "Of course you do," Interposed Sylvia. "How absurd! A ring is part of being engaged." "A very, very small part," Marcla answered. "Nevertheless, it is a part," the girl insisted. "Come, don't be silly. Let Stanley put it on." Playfully she caught Marcla's hands and imprisoning them, drew them forward. On the left one glistened a narrow gold band. "Jason's!" cried Sylvia. "Jason's! Take It off and give it to me. You owe nothing to Jason. Even I, a Although the family unit has dl llyj bu leant and let the major part of her learnings slip through her fingers. [He was now asking how much she [had laid aside and to her conster- min i,,h 0 H Qf Q n,in D i., „!.,„ . n satlon she found she. had almost „!? ^1 / y In10 f' ze '" the In thine United States since 1890 and now " "She was ashamed to face him. ° CC " pie f,/ f eutly e *™*f* plae<? "What could she sav? ln the llfe of our People. It Is still What could she say? n Important factor wh g , , fi . "She did not know what Impulse cance ls frequen tly overlooked, the ;-rompted her to take the jewels, statistical department of the Na*he had never stolen before in all tlona] i ndustrlal Conference board Iher life. The diamonds had been dec i ares [constantly in her care and It had ,, In tbe census ot 1890 „ th [neveroccurred to her to approprl- board> ., the fam|1 unlt conslsted l.te them. It had been a sudden, of 403 na The censug of m Inad temptation created by the „ th number flg 41Q ns eed of money and she bad yielded « he comparlson ,„ based U J OD the * ^thfger tatsLss? ° fflciai deflDiti ° n °< • ' fam '» • - 1 - she regretted her action and Itould not be told wfiat aht had "S^ 3 0 °/ JJ* Cl " eS ™ A tO ID ' If her crime could be eon- ., , ... . Baled from him she was wUttng to wh!ch conatitutes • sake any restitution I demanded, ce f.l'J B P ur P° ses "Perhaps I was a r~- — ™ e bur ° au *' the CenSnS I simply It my duty to creature over to [destroy Jullen's future kt4- 14 (*f WAK A ^i_*i« —— . Imade In 1900 found the •of the private family to be 4.60 per- haa computed from the enumeration of ,1930 the size of the private family, eliminating residents of hotels and .Institutions, but Including lodgers land resident servants, and found It Pr«m «« T ,., . _ Promloing I would rental! "l- PO< * etCd *"* gWM * nd <8IBe "Whether I acted »i«htly "I suppose by this tin* MM two, •re married antf •* the latest census a further jstep was taken by eliminating all • r 'i»Mmn« except those related In blood, by marriage The average num- B a family thus 4e- to be 3.81. In mak- censpariaoa ef different Howe, would not have you preserve longer that worn out allegiance, neither would my mother. The past is dead. You have closed the door upon it. You said so yourself. Never think of it again. You belong to Stanley now—to Stanley and to no one else." As she spoke, Sylvia took the ring from the older woman's hand and held It high in the air. "The past is dead," she repeated, "and the last reminder of It—Is— gone." There was a gleam as the golden band spun aloft and catching an ', '. ,, , Instant the sunlight's glory, dlsap- and localities, the census bureau peu red beneath the foum that of Families Found to Be Smaller; Many Home Groups Live in One Dwelling country at large The board's statisticians found that the largest group of familie.s was that comprising two persons. These constitute 23.4 per cent of the whole, with the "old-fashioned" family of six or more constituting 18.5 per cent of the whole. Families of three or fewer constitute 52.1 per cent. uses the middle-sized family, which marke d the line of the Incoming for the country at large is 3.40." breakers. "Now, Stanley, put your ring upou her finger. It is a symbol of a new life, of hope, of happier things. Isn't It so, Marcla?" "Yes! Yes!" Sylvia drew a long breath. "There 1 Now we'll not be serious a minute longer. This is the p , f , ... greatest day of our lives. There Private famil es owning their must not be even a shadow in our own homes, as based on the 1930 hea ven. Kiss me, Marcia. and come census, were found to constitute and mee t Hogtle. Poor dear! He is 4G.8 per cent of the whole. The paralyzed with fright at the board explains that exact com-thought of appearing Into your parlsons with earlier censuses were presence. I left him hiding behind not practicable, as In 1010 and 1020 the door. I could not coax him out the figures Included premises oc- of the house." cupied by the small number of in- "How ridiculous I You must bare stltutions and other quasi-family made me out an ogre." groups which were counted as fam- "On the contrary, I made y«u out Hies. "Such cases," continues the an enchantress. I told blm you board, "exercised little Influence on would bewitch him. That's why be the result, and it may be noted that became panic-stricken. De be nloe the percentage ot families owning to him—for my sake. He really U their homes were larger In 1980* lamb:" than it was in 1810. Sylvia stepped to the plaasa. "It is clear that the Increase of "Horatio," called she Imperiously, multi-family dwellings In cities- baa -Gome out here rfcht away and as yet had little effect on average m eet your Aunt Maroia. And please conditions throughout the conn-Stanley, forgive me foe mlatattng try," says the board, pointing out you for a bandit I'm dreadfull* that In 1930 76.4 per cent of all mortified. Still, you most admit clr- American families lived in one-fain- cumstantial evidence was etjwng lly dwellings. In the cities the pro- against you. 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