The Abilene Daily Reporter (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 25, No. 47, Ed. 1 Sunday, June 24, 1923 Page: 27 of 32
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By Louis Joseph Vance.
THE ABILENE REPORTER SUNDAY JUNE 24 1923
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THE PRINCIPALS m THE
MHS. Vt'.NDIT.TON 1TAYNV younB and
beautiful an author engrossed In Iter
writing lint (till fondly in Ioto with her
PENDLETON fTAYNE. rnceosful lawyer"
forty and inclined to he fat. Ho is
bored with lili wife Nolly nnd enam-
mm wKTimm.L ("jm) who
characterized at a girl seeking a wealthy
PERLEY REX. a society philander. Hex
resting in his club unexpectedly comes
Upon an old friend
PETER GHANVU.LV. Vyno has been ad-
venturing in China nnd otl.tr lunds.
V.r.".1.1.i! on 0! 'niirer of Mrs. Wayne
THE MHIROOK ANNISQNS. Heih and
Hal a shanielcs'ly old fashioned couple
mil in love witli ench other and happy
although married. They are. mutual
friends of til the other actors in the
On their wrtMing anniversary Wayne
takes ISclly to the Tunglewood Country
club for dinner. Ilex takes Granville
there. Granville tells Nelly he has never
ceased to love her but she laugh away
h"! protestations. Jill arrives. Alone with
Vayne the draws from him a promise
l.ii! lie will divorce Nelly and marry' her.
A storm has extinguished the club'a lights
but they flaIi on again just as Pen crushes
Jill to him kissing her passionately. Prom
across the room Welly witnesses the em-brace.
NOW there was no moro music tempo
rorjly ovon tho thunder had suspend-
ed swish qnd slash of rain und n con-
fused rumor of vpJc.es from the dance
floor served na a background that threw into'
high relict the surcharged silence which
.spellbound them In tho lounge. Then a
shrill curt laugh fnlso with deflancfr fell
llko a Jarring sipnal: there was a general
stir. Wayne involuntarily swinging round
(to Jill In expostulation found her cone from
his side caught only the llutter of her skirt
ni she slipped away through the window nnd
simultaneously put of nn impossible situa-
tion to which that crudeT affected laugh had
been her valediction and oho too much In
Granville at the same time said some-
thing lnnudfbjo to "Wayne that made no
perceptlblo contact with Nolly's understand-
ing. Shq had token hor hapiT from his arm
nnd was moving nd ono wl6 stumbles In
the dark slowly tovvaru her husband. Gran-
vlllo briefly hesitated then cut across to tho
foyer whero Wayne saw him Join another
a man of Whoso presence ho" had till then
been unaware and whoso identity he must
have failed to fix so quick was Granville
to draw tho other out of sight. Not
(Wayne's thought ran. iftho play of his ex-
pression were fair index) thnt it mattered:
the fat was In the lire now. and with a venge-
ance that would abort every effort toward
Its salvage. Ho stood still and tense head
slightly forward feet somewhat apart as a
man will brace himself against physical as-
sault. Yet nothing threatened him more
than tho broken gesture offered as she slow?
ly advanced by tho woman he had deluded
and denied; that and tho- cry of pain with
which she paused;
' Ot Icn! Vba' "
Mercifully to him who harshly couid have
faced down tho reproach of those oyes In
that instnnt the lights blinked put again.
And the mutter ot; onq who isn't chinking
what he says replied: " Kor God's sake
Nell! ' Her immobility cloaked In darkness
had all tho fore of a. masked throat in tha
faco of which mobilization of all Jiis forces
- wns Instinctive and Immediate Moro col-
lectedly Wayne) sttld "Wait I'll make A
light" nnd moved to tho'tnble.
Flickering match light plotted tho planes
of his face In arens of dusky rIow and denso
shadow; and the candlo' catching picked out
Nolly's face dashed with the look of pno
who soos a stranger whero a friend had been
"Pon!" sh? demanded with surprising
steadiness. "Who waa that sir?"
" Does It matter? " But ho reconsidered:
"baresay ou may as well know now. Her
name's Wcthcrell. JulJet Wetherell."
"Arocu In love with her. Ten?"
lie turned his back to the cnndlo. "I
.don't pee the .good of denying It."
1 "'That's why ou were so kind to mo to-
night1 why ioxt were so bom on celebrating
our anniversary here ni tho club Where iou
6ould fceo her!1' lib gave a grunt of chagrin.
"How long has. this been Going on?"
"01 . . . long enough"
"Yos; no doubt It Avas a stupid ques
" It doesn't mako jiny dlfCpronoc" h
growlcxl. "The only thing that"dps ... Is
wlwt you'ro Bolng fq do about It"
Suph brutality Wiw staggering.' "What I
am going tp do 'I"
" It's only reasonable to nsjunio you'll do
somethlnglan't it? "
" 1 suppose ..." Her voli'e quavered
she stilled It for a moment rosumed more
firmly: "What do ou waht mo to do.
Ten ? "
tVhatevor jou think' best what vylH be
-"-niosljyjnjlucJv o to your'fuliire happiness." '
SJfne4pi8nt hjsterlu vibmted in the .iho:
"My 'future happiness ' I"
"O. bollovw rrto. Noll!" Wayne guiltily
pleaded "X imvon't willfully wished to mako
you unhappy 1'vo trlod to keen this from
" l know you have."
" Uoif dp you menn?" he' uneasily de-
manded. "I'm nbt really stupid Pon nor blind.
I've knoWn a Ions tlmo you wore discon-
tented; It no longer tporte. you happy to be
with me. DutTwus Silly enough 16 behove
you were faithful . "
He Intorjoofed a bound of relief but she
went on uh tf Justification of her goperoalty
wero th vital Iwitio: "I thought it wnap't
n thing wutM than a sort of mental Illnws
jo(u ilhHSftnteiit with mu Hoinethlng you'd
gel well uf If 1 were patient and cartful not
to IfiiUite you by Interfering with our
jour amusement '1 alwa thought jou'd
tum bath to ma in tlmo."
rin' too ld Nell" the hflaband mut-
tered. "I'd 'e Blvn an thing to prevent
u''jtt '? jhn 5wW"
t mit tv (up itii V' 'U only rbinlBj
to 4tUv vfci ye.lfwtii t U" v
-rwi on nMe t&. one tfttac t5;JJwW .
vfu(tim i whvt m rmym jm.'
Im tm ur :$ itrtU bi n re
ou tv mii went iJj MAirr M ItrlTttM. .
you ought to7 You've turned forty Pen;
nnd she she won't bo thinking of settling
dqvn whon yeu arc won't be even dreaming
of It. If Bhe's so -rcedy for life today she
Can't wait to find a husband of her own but
must tako another woman's what will she
do when oU begin to find U a strain to koep
up with a young wife?"
"Nevermind that Nell. It's no ue. You"
don't undorstflnl In the simple nature of
things you can't "
" But O my dearl " the cried " I can; I
dp. Jt's Just becauso I understand so well
1 hesitate can't feel Buro I ought to for
your sake or mine or thli girl' do wlut
you wlh me to. got out of yodr way."'
"Well" Wayne irritably mumbled "If
yon can suggest any happier solution "
Tho pewk of the htorip. paselng brought
n shift of wind. The flnmo of tho one
lighted candle was threatening to flicker put
In n stronger draft boating In Updn It. As
Wayno movod tp shtit tho nearest window
eo suddenly and silently she might have been
some Visitant from faUrlo belated by tho
tempest nnd too dalkate and unsubstantial
to combat the whim of Its winds Jill flit-
"It's getting too wot out there" she
bronUilesHly announced ' " I Jtlst 'Couldn't
stlpk It any longer " A smllo of nerv-
ous excitement nt onco ditlMent and piped-
ing shifted frpm Nelly's fate to Wayne's and
back again and faded into something of the
look of a child appalled by its own temerity
" I hope 1 don't Intrude . . "
"Not In the least." Nell bltlngly Insisted.
" Everything considered one hardly sees how
you dould. You see.
Miss Wetherell I am
"Yps I know" Jill's
(ace was aflame "I
moan I thought so "
" Which mnfcei this
very much a domestic
council. In which you
aro surely entitled to a
Wayno blustered in be
twecn them. " Now see
hee Nell! This is no
" P'loase Pn. If Miss
Wotherwll has ho objec
tlon. I'd be glad of a few
minutes' talk with her.'
"I suppose" Jill
gravely agiced pole
now and cold " we
might as well."
Pen's' voice hurdled an-
other octavo: " No by
Cod! I won't stand for
M Do hush Pen." Jill's
tbno was llko water
dashed In his face blus-
ter run out In a gasp.
" Mrs.. Wa no und I have
got to come to an undcK
standing some time and
I for one don't seo any
sense In putting it oil
So trot along Uko a good
boy when you're wanted
We'll call you "
Momentarily the man
hung In the wmil but
dignity went hy tho
board In tho end Wth
out mora aln lie wherlejl
and swung awaj hunted
into tho foer and out of
sight by a ru pte of crud
mirth. But that qu kiy
enough dried up as Jtll
bcciimn moro acutely
sensitive now that they
wtn o alone matched
agnliUfeach other to
the crimination implicit
in Nell's attention. Ahd
to save her countenance
tho girl had recourse to
puro oftVontcry though
unbroken silcnco riddled
tho disdainful swagger
with which sho unlatched
her vanity case etracted a clgaret and ad-
vanced upon 1ho candle. In sp(to of her-
self she had to Invito attack by being the
first to sppfik. And It must have Infuriated
her to hear tho tremor which spoiled her
drawl ns qlgaret between her lips and bend-
ing over tho tlamer she prompted: "Well
Mrs. Wayne? "
" Miss Wothorell" the older woman for-
mally returned. " I suppose tho question Is
unavoidable: Dp you love my husband? "
" Love Pen? " Jill liuffod. " Yee. rather."
' Rather ' ? "
" I'm awfiy sorry really" tho girl pro-
tested in rcturnini; confidence. " It makes
Jt so frightfully sad for iou. But when tvo
people get Into a Jam llko Pen and I have-
well .It stands to reason somebody's got to
Sho strolled rfway settled nonchalantly on
tho arm of a chair swingings a. foot eying
Nolly froni under lowered lasltea add through
a fog of smoke.
" Can It be possible you're as bard as you
try to sound?
" Welt I certainly hope I'm not soft.' You
know Mrs. WayniJ tho way I look at 1U
life's pretty much a gome oho plays for
keeps and if ono plays a soft game one Just
can't win." .
" A eamo whose prize is another woman's
You surely can't blame me If Pen's been
put up to bo played for again You see life
isn't 'a game you can stop playing because
jpu've won a prizes you've got to keep on
Playing In tournamont'form if you -want to
hold on to what you've got. That's how
you'vo loit hy lotting your gqmo got too
" I'm afraid I don't quite soo . . "
" I'm 6nly irylng to make you understand
Pon'$ Just nn avejnge man; he's llhe all the
rest when ho .finds life getting dull he looks
around for something to make It moro amus-
ing." ' If I follow you." Nelly said slowly "you
think Pen's bared with me."
" I suppose that's ono way of putting- It."
Heedless of the stifled sound that esoaped
Nelly's Hpe Ignoring If uhe observed her In-
voluntary rocoll and the hand that was lifted
to her mouth as If to poolhe the Bifng of a
brutal blow the girl wunt on: "You're not-
an old woman really Mrs. Wayno I mean'
not middle-aged jet -but you've let yourself
drift into a middle Hged fratne of mind. And
that onn't be amusing to Pen; it's too tpuph
llko his own. And then If I may be per-
fectly frank " '
" O. by all means! "
" WeJl. I think maV youv Ut yourself
90 In other tvy And that's always fatal.
A wttfnt' gal to 8wp8ttofqiirt ultpKcticry
minute t 1hW a pmi) Ntla 1." r
Yf n1 Utc Vfto tyljffe ;rlltl.
' t JtMlvy a gfan( dlWlltlitlJt
' Vhy. wina ! nde a mn
study of them A girl has to nowadays If
she m carts to get on."
Thunder like a guffaw of sardonic gods
ruled an Interlude.
" I know" she thought aloud " I asked for
"I'm terribly sorry tf anything I've
"On tho cohtrary you've been most in-
structive I'm sure I ought to be grateful to
you even If I'm not."
The plrl behind Nolly apparently debated
a retort but adjudged It cither Inadequate or
inadvisable and consoled hcrscJf with a long
deep drag at the. clgaret.
"But" Nelly stated "after all thin Isn't
what I wanted tp say to you. I woloojned
this Chance for a a "
" Conference" Jill expelled with a ring of
"Because I wanted to throw myself on
your gonoroslty "
"01" Tho pir) started to her feet ex-
postulant. "I wish ou wouldn't!"
" and beg you to let my husband go."
"Why 1 can't do that Mrs. Wayne! I
tried to but it wouldn't work Only three'
days ngo I told Pm wo must never see each
other again and mado him promise for my
sake ho wouldn't come back unloss I found
I couldn't liv'o without him. And 1 didn't
send fpr him. But now tonight he's back
you seel What can I do? Poor boji he's so
crazy about mo ..."
" But you Miss Wcthcrell? -
Nelly BComed fascinated by that tiny vacll-
"7 don't know" Jill dubiously confessed.
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"A woman who can't hold her hutband doesn't deserve to have him."
"Of ooursd. Pen could make mo awfiy
happy and It goes without saying I could
make him awfiy happy. I'm frightfully fond
of him "
" But sUch fondness isn't quite the same
thing as' love.. Or is it?"
" 01 what's lovo?" A Jerk sent the clgaret
stump .silling Into the outer night the-young
woman fretfully addressed Nelly's ba.:k
" What's love after all but a kind of fever
that burns itself out lrt tho course of'tlmo?
It always has and always will. But Jt twp
people nre pals to begin with like Pen and
. "I'm afraid." Nelly commented "you'll
find as I have found It doesn't do in mar-
ried life to tako lovo for granted."
"Well! onp thing's sure. We've nil got
to learn by personal experience it's tlto
"It's inconceivable you can be so hard.
. . . ." Nolly Wayno faced Jill again but
as If so shaken that she dared not trust her
limbs remained at ther table resting against
It bands clutching Its edge hep back to the
light. " Say nil you'vo paid of mo is truov"
sho conceded " that I've brought this
hideous pain on mjtclf; it's still true Poa'fr
all I've got. I have mado his life my life;
ever since wo were married I have lived only
for him. I've faithfully shared hla fortunes
and his misfortunes anil no's had his share
Of troubles I've earned the right to have
his io'v'e If I" can win it back. All I have
to asln.of you Is be generous be kind
don't refuse me my chance! "
"My chance you mean" the girl gave
back unmoved. " You've had yours. . .
And it X glvo mine up to you it won't do
elthtr of us any good; you can't make It
yours by simply wanting to. Consider what
I stand to lobe."
" How can any woman lose "who has youth
and bertuty still?"
"YoU don't know Mrs Wayne Pan
wants mo. and I'm twentyiMj1 and poor
and not likely to have another chance like
this for a long time to come If I llston to
you . Yojt see how frank I am . ."
"So have I been trunk with you. I have
laid my heart bare. I have shown ou Pon
is nil my life. O. I implore you! let him
come back to me . . ."
"Ah. but you ask too much." Precisely
so might a wise woman of the world patient-
ly have reasoned with some unfortunate
school girl " You want me to go against
all my philosophy of life and well! I aimply
can't. 15en If I really wanted trf I don't
pretend 1 do I couldn't. I've always said
1 still maintain" the deviee of the
rhetpilcal pause wan hare employed to lead
wuight to a hand made anhorlpra "a
waroap who can't hold her husWnd decaji't
deserve to have h'01-"
The loak with which the girl renmrhad Ibt
QMRhVig work af this dieting fl a sri f
metallic lustdf hard and burnished by pan-
celt to brilliance lending her the semblance
of a statuette of braes at onco trifling and
And after a tlmo in a tonehva voice Nelly
pleaded as one who hears herself already
answered: " Thai is yo jr last word? '
Jill drooped weary eyelids. Iter milk white
shoulders sketched a shrtig Of sheer fatigue.
If compunctions fretted Jill' an she
watched tho woman she had broken pass
frqm her presence like driftwood on an Idlo
tide without aid or wll) tp shape one com-
pelled blindly by forces -primitive- and resist-
loea they wero to l aurmlaed only from
what might possibly have been resotuto sup-
pression of their every sign. If her harsh
nnd high handed way with Nelly had been
mere acting this was Indicated only by tho
fnut that she maintained the pose consist-
ently kept it free frpm flaw and blemish
when to her knowledge sho herself alone re-
mained as audience ahd ciltle. Then with
brows arched high above eye Iwrely toler-
ant sho performed again thftt shrug which
had dismissed Nelly and denied her prayer
but gave Jt better definition greater force.
And without moving her ellmws sho lifted
both hands befdro her with lingers ' half
dood then tossed them lightly outward
nnd avvny from e.Kh qUier no that thfy said
with clearest eloquence "What would jou?'
Finally discovering thftt the tnusie hnd re-
earned she took two measured steps toward
tho middle ot the ropm subsided to the floor
In tjn Ironic courtesy effected a sprightly re-
covery nnd camo down oil hor hrela with a
nlo.it unsprlghtly thump on finding hersolf
under sardonic plicrvattn
How long Hex might have been standing
there. Just inside tho window through which
she herself had latoty entered she could
have had no means ot guessing but stupid-
ity of the densest alone could have failed to
dlvino that he had been thcru long enough.
In his bearing as well she must llpvo read
sppiethlng Intimidating for the rougo on hor
cheeks ofa sudden stood out in stark
8ploshoftr her eyes showod vvfdo Tims of whtto
between irldos and lids then winced from
tho pitiless penetration of his nnd consterna-
tion usurping self commund whipped her
Into thoughtless night
Tlio door to tho bollrpom whs tho nearest;
but Rex was beforehand with her there-
overtook her captured pno of her wrists
and when she swung to him panting with
anger neatly nipped the other and held her
"No you don't my lady!" ho grimly ad-
vised. " It's my turn nOw . ."
"Parley Hex!" sho stormed "lot me
"Not a chance yoU Jadol till we've hnd
a little tsik."
"Parley you brute! havo you gone
"Right: fighting mad."
"Ah-h1 " Sho gave over strugBllng and
made a grlmaco pf pain. "You hurt!"
"Good. Now jou understand I mean
Nevertheless Rqx unhandod her though
ho was at pains still tp block the avonuos
of oscapo via the ballroom and foyer.
" Porley! "she nursed her 1H used wrists
gaze confusodvjvlth anger and admiration
"you uro a boal"
" If eo wo moot nt last op common
ground." Ho foreatallod a daah for tho win-
dow by dropping a hard Imnd upon her
shoulder. 'Nq mbre of that unleaa you
want to get hurt aguln."
Sho shook herself frbe but Sepmed to
have taken his admonition to heart. " What
do you want" she sulloflly inquired.
The truth out of you. What's all this
deviltry you'vo been up to?" j
"None of your bpalneas-r '
" You know better than that"
liar eyes fell alio mutter!: "I don't
know what you mean . "
" you know damn wall. Why did .you
lot Pen Wayne Jiltw you? What did iou
moan when sou told his wife woman that
couldn't hplO hop huaburid lWnt deserve
to have him"? "
. "What's that to you?"
"Yau'll know oon enough."
gka half turn! .and instantly hla hand
fall in Warnttur oahar Wrtsvi She glared.
" If yu UMiaH rue &! ftf iata Mr Iwlp."
" ijjr.ali UieisM 40 JW rasHJcb .frietid
j. Wafaufc. yt cuH. vruiE-Tla) !l(3 you
iiuWdn" . '
"PI . i . ou wtHtafai't auTO1" "
"Srert ibai wiy dM't j'istiT'V lje bad
an exasperating lauxh tor her gesture ot Im-
potent rage. "Truth Is you don't dare risk
opening the eyea of that poor fish you've
cheated into bellevlnc you're In love with
him. Don't yoU suppose X can nee through
your frameupT Do you hotvestly flatter
yoursolt It took brains to mako Wayne acres
to 'divorce hla wifo and marry you?"
"YoU were eavesdropping!"
"Aa It hnppenn you're wrong. Not that
I'd be ashamed but I didn't need to. You're
tpo old a hand to kiss a married man before
he's hooked hard and fast at all events
not if you think there's any chance ot set-
ting caught at it. Besides I heard part
of what you said to Mrs. Wayne" Kex
wagged his head. "For shame!"
"Is It my fault Pen's fallen in lore with
"Bet your life It is. Mean to pretend you
didn't know one wprd from you would have
thrown him bock on his haunchea any time
while he was making up to you?"
The girl begged that question. "Am I to
blame If Pen'a frump W a wife hasn't brains
enbugh to keep up wlrtj hlmT There never
waa a man more fastidious and she goes
out with him tn clothes twp seasons old!
He's tired of her and she's got only herself
tp thank. He loves me he wants me and
I'm going to marry him."
"Like to kid yourself.'' Rax chuckled
"don't you Jill?"
"You dpn't belleye I'm solna: to marry
him? I'll show you "
" You think too well of yourself to atoop
to anything so contemptible. Not only that
bm I won't let you."
"Ypu won't let me?" Jlll'a laughter rang
loud with ecorn. "And what makes yax
think III permit you to Interfere?
HO told her steadily: " Becauso you'ra in r
love with me."
"What!" She had a blazlnf anew. "I
love you? Why I hato youl loathe you!
In the same even quiet fashion Rex re-
plied: "Ypu He." Beside henrelf the tlrl
had a cry of rage " O Insolent! "and lift-
ed a hand as If to still his lips with violence.
But Rex neither gave an Inch nor released
her eyes from bis smiling stare "And I
can prove It ... "
She hadn't an Instant's grace. He caught
her to him In an embrace that benumbed
all Impulse to resist and In which she rested
aa It confounded by its Incongruity In rela-
tion to the tenderness Of bis new look for
her. "I love you" Rex said gently and
kissed her parted lips. Mouth to hern "I
love you" again he murmured. She offered
Incoherent remonstrance tried to struggle
but an arm stronger "than all her slender
body's strength held her fast a hand con-
strained her face to his with a force that
was Itself a caress enervating and disarm-
ing. He kissed her repeatedly kissed her tin
resistance ebbed response awoke one of her
arms stole up and round his neck and Bob-
bing she returned hts kisses.
At length lifting hla head he looked down
Into her tear gemmed face. ?JilH" he
breathed moved beyond all his studied arti-
ficiality" my little Jill! . . . I've been want-
ing to do that ever since I first clapbed eyea
on youl "
-Why didn't you?" she whispered " O.
why didn't you? "Why did you wait? "
" Because you weren't worth It ... " He
kissed her. "And I wasn't good enough
either If It comes to that"
" But all the while you loved trio? "
"All the while . . ""
" And now you'll love me always? "
"All ways" he promised "but one. Be
hanged if I'll ever love yon blindly. Know
you too well. Don't expect It"
In a gust ot laughter they fell apart and
eying: him through a llttlo mist she cried:
O I adore you! " '
"That will be all right too eo lonff aa
you don't let me feel sure you're sincere
"0 1 won't!" she pledged him ardtntly
"I'll never 1"
"Waltl" looking past her. Rex gave
a sign of caUtlon. In another breath she
heard Wayne calling and saw him making
toward her all but running in a phase of
auch evident distraction that It must bave
been difficult not to suspect him of haying
had a drop more than he could carry.
"Jill!" he cried breathless " ace here! "
Perception of another presence gave hua
pause with a look for Rex of recognition
uncertain nnd resentful. "Beg pardon" he
stammered. "Jill: I've cot soraetblnr to
say to you ..."
Sho impulsively returned "O no!" but
Rex with consummate urbanity cut In:
"Why so fussed Pen? You ought to know
we can take any hint that's as good as a
hick. Forthwith we go . . " Deliberately
not seeing the prayerful gesture which the
girl offered hp pursued: "We go and
leave our bride-to-be In full confidence that
ahe will enjoy at your hands old boy every
consideration which her virtues merit. Now
don't looVshot to pieces Just because It la
our pleasur to Inform you flrat of all our
friends Miss Wetherell has promised to be
' our wife. The usual aUver salad service
won't come amiss with privilege of ex-
changeand we promise a "segment ot in
edible cake in return something for you to
"For God's Mike wait!" Grieved sur-
prise checked Rex in the middle of an ad-
mirable bow of farewell. "Wayne was en-
treating him with a voice and hands that
shook uncontrollably. " What's this you say?
JUH It Isn't true? "
The girl gave a pitying nod "Sorry
"But you you promised me only Just
now you promised I"
"Half a minute Pen" Rex suavely Inter-
posed "A promise Is a sort of bargain; It
takes two to make It good; and a man with
a wife in the nature of things can't accept
the promise of any other woman much less
an unmarried girl."
"But" Wayne protested M I've eot no
Gravely Rex questioned: "No wife?"
"Nelly's left me. She's taken the car
driven oft alone. In this storm God knows
"Sad" Rex thotfaJit. "All the same It
was corning to ypu. V. "
"But Jill 1"
" O Penl " The rlrl'a voice had a cloying
kindness fit to madden. " Surely you never
thought I meant lit" She went to Rex and
took his arm "If that's all you wanted to
ray. Pen I don't think I care to stay. But
really you mustn't take it too bard you
know; I'm not worth It. Ask Perley; bell
tell you so too. He's Just told me . .
Besides Pen you must admit It was a good
game while It lasted'"
Channel fog dictating half speed or worse
made that crossing from Southampton a'
tedious ope. Though a 'wind lifted at sunset
to hlow the night clear. It was long after
dark when at length the lllyrla lay jo off
Cherbourg and hooted impatiently for her
tender. By the time the Utile constellation
of the latter was to be distinguished creep-
ins out across black water from that distant
belt ot sliver stars whloh defined the shore
moat of the passengers from England had
finished their dinners. And in spite of the
fact that they had yet to be eight hours
at nea tins avid Interest that seafarors Mani-
fest in any Incident outside the routine ot
ahlp boredom Was already working In thorn:
they swarmed to the rails all a-atare aa the
tender cautiously edged up alongside.
Searchlights and clustered bulbs backed by
huge reflectors were trained down the aide
to lift that business out of tho murk. The
mob ot passengers on the tender's upper
deck waited with faces all upturned whose
features were blfd out by the blinding
Illumination from above Wnito Jaokets of
stewards luggago burdened punotured the
dark streams of these that were in effect
siphoned slowly up by the accommodation
ladders and discharged Into tho cavernous
spaces of the lllyrla.
About this time a gentleman who had
dawdled over coffee in the smoking room
long enough to point his emancipation from
weaknesses that afflict tho common lot such
as curiosity elected to seek the promenana
deck for a whiff of air or possibly two whiffs;
and In duo course proved his after all a dem-
ocratic eoul by making a place for himself
In the ranks that still fringed the port rath
And when ho had wasted several minutes
peering down over the side he might have
been if he had cared to be but doubtless
wasn't heard to exclaim to hlthse'f:
"As I live old Pete Granvlllo . . .
What luckl ... Or Isn't It? "
Hla attention had fastened on one who
stood somewhat apart on the top deck ot
the tender conversing with two ladlvs whoso
temper like his seemed to bo that of sea-
soned travelers wayfarers of the world so
weathered to Its ways they have ou'grdwn
fear that boats and trains will steal away
without them If they fall to be among the
first to board them.
But the light was ojj tricky as It was bush
and the dancing of the tender In a lively sea
none the less too slight perceptibly ti af-
fect the lllyrla lent the stark cast shad-
ows confusing play. It must havo been Uf-
flQult to mako sure of an Identification wuh.
one's vision handicapped by distance aid
foreshortening too. The watcher was be-
ginning to ay signals cf dlsgruntlemenc
when ah utter stranger provided a diversion
eomebody who without warning caught his
arm In a compelling grasp arid made ravished
censes vocal to hla car.
" O Godl " this one cried In accents at once
agitated and discreet. " Isn't she beautiful?"
She was. She had Just stepped down from
the top accommodation grating and aa shq
checked to permit a feminine companion to
catch up with her was seen to bo deserving
of all that spontaneous tribute had claimed
for her. But sho delayed too briefly disap-
peared down the ealoon companlonway too
quickly to permit a cataloguo ot her charms
in detail; remained only on Impression In-
stantaneous though indisputable of qne who
walked Indeed in beauty In herself wholly
admirable and admirably endowed with all
cf beauty's proper trappings. .
"Yea" the owner of the captive arm
amiably agreed. " jCnow her?
""Well not exactly." tho other admitted
apologetic "But I know who sho 14 from
ceirtg her pnotograph in Uie papers.
"Do ypu Indeed? If you'vo no furthj
use for my arm . . ."
It was promptly freed the person who !
laid hold of It jrlvinir a conscious circle.
"O beg your pardon It gave m6 such a
start tp seo her"
' 'Can't say 1 blame you. But don't forget
to tell mo her name"
"Whyl thaj was the famous Mrs Para-
mor." " I'm not surprised. Shouldn't havo been
surprised if you'd told me aho was the fa-
mous Mrs. Co-respondent . . t womab
with a face like that."
"O I sec!" a deprecating "gurglo an-
nounced after a moment's pauso. "You're
The unmasked humorist turned a cool eye
upon the speaker. tt sdw a willowy brun
not too tall tho supple slendernesa ot his
person atreascd by the hug of an affectionate
topcoat blorido and belted. The rako of the-
matching steamer cap was tho rake the
Prlnce of "Wales affects and the face beneath
It boasted every feature to ault it for a. mod-
ish collar advertisement bar manly beauty
"it was a man's face but It wasn't beautiful
and It was no moro mascullno than lis own
tr'n fashloh of speech. On tho Other hand
this one stood up under scrutiny like a little
man even with a certain almpllclty that waa
apparently unaffected as if be knew that he
was weird but couldn't help. It and claimed
the benefit of the doubt. That much was in
his favor. The gaze of the other relented.
"It is an odd name you know" he sub-
mitted in extenuation ot his feeble Wheeze.
"Paramor? It Is rather Isn't it? to
American ears. But in England they tell
me It's quite common"
"That's It precisely." Her new doubt
darkened the mood of the speaker. "Or Is
that another Joke? I'm afraid you"ro too
subtle for me Mr. Rex."
" Hello! wasn't aware you knew me."
' Only by eight of course."
"You seem to know a lot of people by
"Well" the belted young person confided
falling Into step with Mr. Rex as the latter
extricated himself frpm the crowd and turned
aft " that's my business. I mean to say If
I'm going to succeed at all I've got to make
It my business to know everybody who
anybody If only by sight."
" So -when I saw your name and Mrs. Rex'i
on the passenger list I got one of the stew
ards to point you out this afternoon."
"Mind telllns why?"
"Not at al). yYou sec" again the con-
scious giggle obtruded" I'm going home to
take up Journalism"
" In a serious way? "
' 0 no. Indeed no. But a friend of mlno
knows the editor of Town Tattle and be'a
promised to give me a chance at writing
society chit-chat. ' So I've simply got to get
well enough acquu(ntePwith all Uie celebri-
ties to call them by their first names behind
their backs of course."
"Whether they llko It or not." Mr. Rex
Idly commented pulling up at the smoking-
room door with the air of one who counted on
saying good-by forthwith. " Interesting Job.
but. It ou ask me extra hazardous makes
you a poor Insurance risk."
" And that's why I waa so terribly exalted."
the Jounger man vivaciously confessed with-
out any lndlcuj;-.p of tntendlpsr'tp tx mud
gqud hy to then and thre. " whn I found w
were a)l railing together vau und Mia. Ht-x
and Mrs'. 'Paramor and I."
To" h runtlnued.J
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