Lenox Time Table from Lenox, Iowa on April 9, 1936 · Page 7
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Lenox, Iowa
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Thursday, April 9, 1936
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LENOX TIME TABLE, LENOX, IOWA LAME 4 THE RES •»«r IAROLD [TITUS \\usii-atvon-f JWIN MYERS SERVICE CHAPTER IX —9— |n week Kerry Young made V sitting in the office witl: jnviier for hours each day. •times long Intervals'would Without a word being ex- Agnin, she would go to tuptly with some question and Inner would betray her pro- •espect for his judgment. He lid that he could do many In nnd about the woods; she T the truth of his statement ent us she was, well as she fcn trained by her far-sighted [flaws had developed in bet be, errors in judgment had jidetected. did not force his opinions, ; offer advice. But when she matters to his attention |cli he discovered flaws he I these out. f he assumed stature, and im- to her undertaking. Ire right again!" she cried ["1'oti're always right. It's |ho should be running this root?" he laughed. "Me, | down in one place?" not?" she challenged and, lly, he asked that of himself. Jrose then from his place be•the drawing-hoard nnd muz- nn's knee, which made It un- hry to pursue that question just run down to the mill for •hour," she said. Idog watched her prepare to [it to go, Tip?" Young asked. ; wagged an affirmative. "All [then; go along." •stood in the doorway, watch- lie retriever apparently could jleve this order to follow an- I "Go on!" Kerry said. "Go flan!" And doggishly dum- I with Nan he went, close to fceels for the Orst time since |ood. came a little game between |ree. Whenever Nan went gave evidence of wanting but always he awaited : order before following. And |fhen the girl had crossed to tiding to send n telegram and ;untly wanted by telephone, icrnwlecl n note, gave it to nnd told him to find Nan. Idld, after mncli running hero pere and snuffling at the , and it would have been difli- ilctennlne which was the llcnscd, girl or dog. ill finish tomorrow," Nan icking over Kerry's shoulder. Set you to make next n of the stuff northwest Inline lukeV" J ran get me," he said with perness, "to try to do about I J'°u want done." Iwrds gave him n strange feeling. !' go tomorrow morning, she replied, overlooking his [a canoe on a trailer behind they drove to the e»A of gave access to Town- Them they set off on that | f water to spend the day a swift reconnaissance of try in which Young was Hy of ducks swam before pl'llng the placid surface. tier's head was raised high, ! >'eil low quacks of warning "food clustered close about the too Into view. "Moose calf I . . . . . . he's coming up to us!" Indeed, It seemed as If the creature would run them down. It came on, head up, ears stiff, emitting a series of low sounds, picking up Its feet awkwardly with the long, gangling legs; great, dark eyes fast on those two humans "Why! He'll Nan caught "We'll land here," she was say- Ing, breaking off this wild train of thought. "I can see the corner stake. Father had a survey made three years ago." They landed. Nan produced a map, and spread it on n log. "Here we are. night here. This creek—Otter—is alive with trout, and beaver ponds make it splendid lly-flshing, which Is what the sort of folks who might buy will want. There are bass and other fish galore in the lake. One of the best yarding areas for deer in the country runs down into Section Twelve, here. There, are some moose too, and plenty of grouse. "This happens," she continued, "to be the northwestern corner of our holdings. The road we used today is the only one that conies close. There's no one at all in the country beyond. Tod West knows it like a book and I guess he's the only white man alive who does." Tod West. The name struck temper within Young. Tod West, who had ruined one he loved in boyhood ; who now sought to ruin one he perhaps was to love in maturity. Little did Kerry reckon in that moment that Nan's idle remark connecting West and that vast lonely country beyond them would one day come back to him, would pound in his ears with the rush of fevered blood, that he would light a fog of sickness and pain to remember it ... to remember that none but Tod _West knew those vast swamps and untracked uplands! They went on. A covey of half- grown grouse fluttered out of the way, not particularly alarmed. A spotted fawn ran before them and a spruce hen stared stupidly from a low limb. Bear sign showed in the game trail and n wolf had passed that way last night. Off at Kerry's elbow as tbe calf kept on, never slackening its' pace and so close that In another stride or two they might have touched It But on the movement the animal swerved, half turned away, swung oif to the right and stopped facing them, standing thwe all rigid attention and wonder. The short tall twitched, the nostrils quirked. Young's elbow pressed Nan's hand warnlngly to his side. They stood motionless as the moose continued to stare at them, making those plaintive, Inquiring sounds. Kerry could feel the girl tremble and that sent a tremor through his own body. He began to imitate the sound the calf made and on that the creature backed off a few steps, seeming frightened. But when the man did not move it resumed Its own grunts, as if doing its best to bridge the barrier between species and talk. "What the dickens are you?" he seemed to be trying to say. "Where do you come from? Why are you here? "I never smelled or saw anything like you two in all my born days! I'm kind of afraid of yon, but I want to give you a good once-over before I hit for yonder! There's so much for a young feller like me to run across for the first time!" For over a minute tbe calf stood ( ?nnoe drew closer, the fc wing and the young- S their best, skittered water, half flying, half making a great to-do, r breez e "rose and the lake, ™ lain like a burnished steel, W as touched to life. r light blue appeared, turned |°. and mn together until the water lay like a great sap- ""ted w ith emerald islands, soured majestically above "icy rounded a point, n %ll »g late breakfast in the Wed Its head in quick n « loped noisily for cover. ''scold," Young remarked, I a hand. This lake is terribly the channels. The Indians lever gives up its dead, and u that was probably so." eyes held on Nan's com- si'oulilers, watching their <-' swing. Her voice came "n talking of the job, but fit only the music of It. told himself, the thing that 6 of him a wanderer was !e liad at last found an an- ''is doubt of responsibility ln « old Jack Snow. Know- rnlf wnncler farther? Why • • . and here? Surely "'as the most lovely, root to the right sounded a sudden tremendous crashing which could only lmve-been<-a moose, making -away from man, his worst enemy. Here was an old burning where lightning had started fire. Wild grasses and firewood abounded nnd Young stopped, watching bees work n the brilliant blossoms. He was about to go on when a small movement on the ground attracted him; lie stooped and gently put down one hand, palm" cupped, ind rising showed Nan a bee crawling upon his lingers. "Pig!" he cbided. "lie's loaded ,ip so heavily that he can't fly! Go in! Try it from here!" He waved its hand and the bee took wing, rolng slowly and groggily, but with that aid finally making a successful attempt at flight. He stooped over again, watchlns another busy worker. "Pretty fair Italians," he said. "Not pure; hybrids, but they look like right good honey-makers." "Are you among other things, a bee expert?" Nan laughed. "No, but once I had to live for a while with an old codger who kept 'em. That was about'the best time I had when I was a kid. I got real clubby with bees . . . liked 'em. When I get so old I can't ramble any more maybe I'll settle down and keep "em and let 'em keep me!" "Is that the only plan you have?" He straightened and looked at her so Intently that she flushed. "Maybe not," he said gravely. "I'll know before long." Later they stood shoulder to shoulder, waiting for the compass to come to rest that they might be certain of precise directions, eyes of each on the swinging dial. Nan's breath was a caress for Kerry's cheek and his hands began to tremble. A few days earlier he would have laughed at this reaction but now he simply moved without explanation and placed the compass on a boulder where It would have stability. "That hemlock stub is due north—" "Sh!" Young cut off her words with the low warning, making no movement. "Wait!" he whispered. "Something coming. Hear It?" The girl did not, at first, but after a moment of strained listening nodded her head silently. Something was coming their way, slowly, perhaps hesitantly. Then, as a breath of breeze stirred the foliage, blowing from them to the direction from which the sounds came, that approach became more rapid. Hoof beats and scrapings of brush and finally a queer, inquiring grunt or two, 4 "Oh!" Nan whispered as It came there, using all its sense to size up that man and that woman. And then, probably as an instinctive mistrust of anything so widely at variance with all its other young experience asserted itself, began to back. The retreat at first was orderly, a slow, backward stepping. The place was amply furnished, blankets on the bunks, Insect nets hanging above them; cooking utensils and a goodly supply of unper- Ishable staples on shelves above the stove. "It's a snug camp," Nan said. "You'll be comfortable here, Kerry." He scratched a temple thought- ili$i$ fully. ltm """""" ra "D'you mind If I use my own outfit?" "Why, no! Don't you fancy this camp?" "Oh, it's got shingles and glass In it. I'd rather set up myself on one of those islands." "Certainly, if you want It that way. I used to come here with my father, but now the place has been a little spoiled for me. , . . You see, Holt stayed here alone the night Father was killed and If it hadn't been for wise old Ezra he'd have been carted in to jail and held there for a while." "You think a lot of Holt, don't you?" "Of course! Why shouldn't I? He's the most loyal boy in the |1 | world. He's worked his head off HHl for me." "Anybody would," he said . and wondered why she colored quickly nnd looked at him almost defensively when she spoke of Holt Stuart. Other cars were there when they drove up to headquarters. One was Ezra Adams' battered roadster and the old doctor looked up from tinkering with the motor In a way which commanded Kerry's Interest. Two Lovely Blouses That Will Give Your Suit That Feminine Appearance There's No One at All in the Country Beyond. Then it turned sideways and broke into a trot, went faster. Onco It stopped and ca.st an apprehensive Klunce over its shoulder and after that, dropped its ears and disappeared at a lumbering but flowing trot. •'Why! Why, of all things!" breathed Nun, withdrawing her hand from Young's arm. The man laughed. "Never saw it before!" he said. "But In tlin woods. If you use your eyes, you see plenty for the first time." Ho laughed lowly. "His lirst encounter with man scent, you see. He winded us from wherever was and curiosity made him come our way. Likely, he's never been molested In nil bis couple of months on earth and so he doesn't know much about fear. "Tough, Isn't it, that every species has its predator enemies and has to start learning how to defend Itself by the law of claw and fang before it has a good chance to enjoy such a swell world?" "Yes. It's toug she replied nnd looked with n peculiar Intimacy into his face. "There's so much to enjoy if only all of us would!" They started on and after a time Kerry spoke bluntly'the thing that her last words had left in his mind. "The moose did me a favor. He frightened you a little and made you touch me. . . . That was a downright enjoyable experience." "I'lease!"' "J'.ut you understand, don't you, that I mean that? It's not just a string of words?" "Yts. And, because of that . . . ['lease!" . "Right! . . . This is tho besj stand of maple I've seen in this country. Look at the bird's-eye tree, there. Two good veneer logs in it." it was late afternoon when they beached the canoe on their return. "We've time to look at the cabin now," Nan told him, nodding toward the log structure on the high bank; nnd she led the way. Beside the door was a rack of implements for use in fighting fires. The door "My father itself didn't was unlocked. like locks, in the bush," she explained. "Our men use this camp some but they always leave It open so anyone In need of shelter can jret In." But Nan, with a wave to Ezra, was more intent on the group about the other. "Oh, there's Mr. Dexter, up from Chicago!' 1 she said excitedly. "That means he's ready to close!" Her face clouded. "And day before yesterday I mailed Tod West a formal request for permission to deed that section. It's our first chance at a real sale. Oh, I hope it won't be blocked!" "Who's sick, Ezra?" Young asked, as Nan walked rapidly on to greet the others. "Nobody much, except this 'tar- nal motor!" he said loudly. Then, with caution : "Come close, Kerry ! Stick your head down here with me, like you were trying to help me tinker at somethin'." "The bullet that killed Cash," he whispered, "was fired from Tod West's pistol!" For a moment Young did not reply; a savage triumph swept him, followed by a sinking sensation. Tod West, the slayer of Nan's father and, perhaps, the slayer of her hopes as well! He knew that even despite her misgivings, the girl was hoping that West would be generous enough to permit her to close the deal which this evening seemed to be in prospect. And it was such a forlorn hope. "Well," he said, "that gives us a course to steer, Ezra!" "What's the first move?" "To watch him. What else can we do? If he's started using that money, he'll keep on; anyhow, that's a good bet. We've got to locate It before wo tip our hand." "But suppose he suspects and lights out?" Kerry twisted his head doubtfully. "He won't light out so long as there's a hope left. All ho has worked and schemed and killed for is in tills country. A man of his age doesn't run away from It so long as there's a chance of hang-, ing on. "Now, I can get ,7im Hinkle to trail him. He won't suspect ,71m. That can be fixed up. With me out of tho picture for a few days, maybe he'll feel more free to net. I'll see to It that plenty of folks know I'm to be gone for a while." "I swear it's going to he up to you, son!" the old man said. "I get all fluttery inside, now, thinking about what might happen . . . and about what you and I've got to make happen!" Nan Downer sat disconsolately at her desk that evening. The man Dexter nnd his companions had gone from the dinner-table down to the river. Soon they would return and want to talk business . . . and as yet she was not able to talk in conclusive terms. She had an opportunity to bring to realization some of th« dreams she had shared with her father, but not yet the legal right! She had been conscious for n moment of another's presence, but did not look up nt once. When she did, It was Into the flushed face of Tod West. "Oh!" she cried, and rose quickly from her chair. "Surprised, eh?" he asked and stepped closer. "\Vhy surprised? I got n letter from you yesterday." Now, she caught the reek of whisky on his breath. "Well, you want my answer now?" he taunted. 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