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t. II I rTItE TIMES II II I I CHAPTER VIII--Continued --12---- He flung himself into the work with feverish ambition and I)(dief. Baxter fie saw little of these days nor did he tell him of his plans or state that he ~ad secured an office, Baxter trod told Caleb that he was busy trying to find the rigi~t tract of land for his L tile Coloay." "They are inclined to be fussy," he :.. ~ald. "I've got one or tv:o proposi- ;r"~ttons,-'but,I'm afraid they won't ex- actly suit. And i",,e got to swing this ~leal." By'which Caleb. inferred tttht he needed money badly for his affair with the stenographer. "Not going lo get married. -are you?" Inquired Baxter Jest:ugly. "I suppose you were browsing over at El Nido when you acquired that tan. She must be stone girl. I told you yoll'd fall hard. The mater's due at Del Monte tomorrow." he went on. "I thought I'd need her to llelp n}e out, but, if I pull off this stock deal, I'll be in clover. Good Job l didn't write her. Something usually slmws up if you're in luck. If you're not. why, that's nil there is to it." He frowned. Caleb saw him Iook- Ing at his picture gallery on the bu- refill : "How are ti~tngs going in that direc- tion ?" he asked. "Meaning Mary Morgan? Tha:t's her name." Baxter picked up the sil- ver frame. His face was still clomied. "She's getthag hard to handle. Still hanging on to her Job. Wants me to marry tmr. but insists upon the oh:hi being born. anyway. Says she always wanted one. She's an enigma to me. [ think I'll he able to transfer her to S gun-metal setting hefore long. Here's hol)iug! Tell" me about your doings across the bay, for~that's where f r " you were. o cou se. But Caleb did not care to discuss Betty, and tile telephone broke their chat. "It's th~ Morgan girl.' said Raxter, "She's ~zetting to be a post. but she's got to be jollied. Be sorry for me, ~aleb." Caleb cocked his eyebrow, The ref- }fence to the stenographer as "tile LIorgan girl." after all that had hap- pened and still lay between tllem. Itruck him as particularly callous. gtill, Baxter often spoke with affected bravado. Caleb kept silent. CHAPTER IX Progress The work went swiftly. His prelim- teary specifications ended and the ~rawlngs traced and Blue-printed. Ca- lab ~tar[ed o~. his model From the ~qPS O~ftl]e geo~ietie.~urv~}t, he panto- graphed a seals enlargement of the lower end of tile Callente plain and ~mch of the surrounding disIrict, in- clndlag Gabilan mou:~tain. Baxter trod T, un down to DoI Monte to pay a duty call to hls mother. Duty, in Baxter's case, Caleb surmised, as with his affection, was largely a mat- ter of keeping his mother in good ilu- mor whereby the fihancial supplies might be n~nre lavishly and easily forthcoming. Both were too selfl,;h, fter years of indulgence and spoiling, to have much genuine love for each other. In one of the gossiping week- lles at the club--not Vedder's Pioneer "~Caleb not:cad an item that cauuilt hls eye with the mention~of the Bax- ter namo. "It is rumored by.Dame Gossip," ran the paragraph, "that Ted Baxter, who. hy the way, has been hanging up some Creditable scores in the golf tourna- ment on the Del Monte links, is not uverJoyed at the insinuating chatter that perslts In suggesting that he may shortly acquire a stepfather. Gossip has been rife in this direction before, but now intentions seem to tie serious. it Is hinted that young Baxter may ttnulate the example of his stepfather, to-be. A double wedding is not en- tirely out of prospect, actor}ling to those who claim to have watched 'Ted' I.trolllng on the fair-greenstn the early ~nornings with a certain demoiselle Who has inherited a fortune from in- terests closely connected with the lum- industry." Caleb could not guess, and dld not care to, the name of the girl referred to. And Caleb whistled under his breath. "If Mary Mor~an sees this Item." he told himself. "she is likely to stir ,11p things. I wonder "how Ted's stock deal is prospering?' Baxter had not told him the name of the shares with which he was spec- Ulating. But he noticed the girl the ttext morning as he paSlSr~d through aa outer office to ~,ox's p I-ate room by appointment. She was not in tai- lOred clothes but tn a lighter, fuller , costume. Her face was startlingly ~ale save where she rou~ed her cheeks and reddened her fuql lips. The dark half-rings beneath her eyes empha- ttZed their glance and, for a moment, (~aleb felt it full uI~n him. He thought that it half besought, half Challenged him not to speak of her to 0.ox. And then the mouth grew sul- len and she turned aw~y~as Cox's sec- retary held the door open for Caleb. "Come to accept the Beaver Lake l~roposition?" asked Cox, rising to ~eet him. His brows contracted and "l~ls look hardened a trifle when Caleb tthOok his head. think not. I've come to make s instead." ~ 'Yes?" said Cox shortly, his tone as the tick of a clock, he shoved the cigar box across q~leb nut the ~ of all tea of his By J. ALLAN DUNN Author o~ "A MAN TO ~ qS MATE" "RIMROCK TRAIL" ny Dodd. Mead & CO. WNU Servlc$ fingers on the shining surface of Cox's desk and leaned forward a I,ittle, "You said that the Crystal Springs company is in tlle business of buying, conveying and selling water. It is the qrst consideration that holds my prop- osition. What will y~u give me for tw(~ million dally galbms of pure we- teK with constant renewed supply, Within a reasonai)le distance of Goh]en and capable of development at costs that will leave you ample profit?" Cox lit his c~ar slowly anti, under ('over of tile salo]~e, closely surveyed Caleb's face. "Two million gallons daily? You mean xchat will I giv.e you for your In- formation as to where i can secure this?" "And my plans for development. Conservatbm. storage, filtration, col- lectl~)n, i)il)ing, primping?" "Ah! Pumping? It isn't on this side of the bay, then~" The qnesth)n came. swiftly, backing a swifter glance, ., "You told me yourself that 7the we- ter development on the peninsula was practically developed to its limit;" checked Caleb. "It Is across the bay." "We have many prospeets there our- selves. Plans half developed. It Is un- likely that you offer me flny~hfng new. Have you spoken to Mr. Hlnckley about it?" "Ilardly. I wished to talk with you direot. I believe you have not looked Found Baxter Changing His Clothes. Into this particular method of exploi- tation or more than susi)eeted the source of supply." Cox smiled and pushed aside some papers carelessly. "If that is so," he answered, "I will give you one-half a cent per gallon for your secret." "Ten thousand dollars? You are not liberal. Mr. Cex. I am not vis- ionary in this matter. I am prepared to show you and #our engineers a com- plete project, without estimating ex- act costs. But, if my general plans are not approved by Mr. Hinckley and his associates. If my source is not as- then'tic, if it is not,sufficient, I do not figure that I~ have anything to sell. But I want to know where I stand be- fore I submit facts and figures." , For a moment they remained silent, the elder seated,-Caleb standing, Cox patently appraising him. The latter slake first: .; How much do you want?" "One hundred thousand dollars and recognition Of myself as the origina- tor of the plan, I do not expect to in any way displace Mr. Hlnckley. I have not his experience. Quite probably I lack his ability. But I should want an appointment as consulting engineer on the work. sad publicity as the pro- Jector." Cox beat a little tattoo with his fin- gers on the desk top. He looked out of the window. "I'm not the Crystal Springs com- pany," he said finally. "I can't buy pigs in pokes. You'll have to show me more of your project. If it's all you say I have no doubt we can come to terms." "I have stated my terms." "You'll have to take a chance with ~s, Warner," Cox said with a smile. "We are not exaetiy highway robbers, we westerners. And we don't mind paying for information. Bu~ I can't deal In 'ifs.' Send up your model bring In your papers tomorrow after- noon. I'll have Hlnckley here. W~'ll talk fnrtller. If It promises well I'll get the directors together and yoU shall present your proposition at the meeting. That agreeable?" They shook hands on It and Caleb left the office practically content. After dinner at the club, alone, he found a telegram awaiting him in his rooms. It was a notice from the local bank that the deal foe his house had been completed and that the purchase price, eight thousand dollars, less cer- tain fees. now lay to his order. "Which." said Caleb. as he stuffed the message back In its yellow enve- lope, "rounds out the day very nicely." Next mm-ning Caleb got up late and leisurel~, three hoh~rs after his usual thne. He ordered '*breakfast sent up from the dining room and lingered over his bath a~ simvlng before he settled down in window, grape- fruit before him. $~he daily paper to one side. From the outer page a face looked at him that seemed familiar, though, for the moment..he could not place it. Even the flaring two-column head dl/l not SUpl)ly the link immediately. "ROMANCE IN HIGH LIFE "Popular Society Widow "Weds Eastern Man "and Millionaire." Then he read the captl0$ under the halftone picture: "Mrs. E/-uestine Le- roy Baxter, whose quiet ~edding is the talk of Nob Hill," It was the resemblance to Ted that Caleb had noticed. Ha read the at. tlcle. The Del Monte correspondent referred to it as a romance. It ap- peared that the couple had been mar- ried quietly at Monterey and had left for a protracted honeymoon in the pri. vats car of the bridegroom. It was not C~leb's affair and he had his own busi0ess to attend to. Baxter would show up in his own good time, Caleb finished his breakfast anti went down to his office to superintend the packing of tile model and its dispatch to Cox. Later he visited his bank, It was noon before he got back to the apartment house. He found Baxter changing his clothes. His face was pasty, the whites of his eyes congested, To Ca. leb the signs were plain. Baxter had been making a night of it: "Seen the paper. I suppose?" Baxter greeted Caleb. "There's the devil te pay all around. The mater's gone and so's my income. Look at that." He picked up a slip of pink pape~ from hts dressing table and handed It to Caleb. It was .a check tor one throe- sand dollars. "Signed h~ papa-ln-la@," said Bax- ter sarcastically. "A present to a good boy. God bless you--and good- by "Do you know what she did?" he asked truculently, "Mortgaged every bean she had to catch this million- aire. Played her last cent on the red heart and won. She had the right to do what she liked with my father's money under the will, but it was an. derstood that she was to look out for me. "Soon as I got down to Del Monte I saw what bar game was. And 1 wasn't welcome. The bridegroom-on- the-hook looked at me as if he expect- ed to see a little boy in kniekerbock. ers. She's kidded him along properly. "No use looking at me in that Meth. odisticai way, Caleb. I'm bitter and I have a right to be. She was twenty- four when she married my father and she never intended to be a mother Thought it 'ud spoil her figure. I've heard her say so. I was only a kid when I overheard that, but it illu- minated things a lot. I knew then why I never had a mother like other kids I was an unfortunate accident. snake has more affection for its egg~ than she ever had for me. "I tell you, Col', the way she acted round that old fool would make you sick. With the airs and graces of a young girl. Faugh! She wanted me to g~ back to Golden, I looked toe much like'an animated birth eertlfl. care to suit her play. No doubt aha told him what a wayward youth I was. When I wouldn't stand up to the wedding--we had a sweet row aboul that and I boiled over a bit--she calm. ly told me she was broke, Said ht~ trousseau had exhausted her bank a~ c~unt and her capital. Yesterday aft- ernoon this cheek came to me in s letter from her. I tore the letter up Hoped I'd settle down to something serious and 4nclosed a cheek from he~ husband. Said she didn't expect t see me for some time. They were go lng to travel extensively, (TO B~ CONT|NU~D.} Scarcity of Material Makes "Briars" Costly It is said that French soil no longer yields the precious briar bush. Spain has but little, Italy has about run dry, and ,that it is In Corsica that the finest specimens are found. It is the root of the shrub that matters. In North Africa tke light and sandy soil renders the texture of the woody root rather porous, and this "briar" is used for cl}eaper grades of pipe. In Corsica the roots have a tough fight to gain hold in the rocky soil. A Corsican briar root may weigh 1.5 or 25 pounds when it Is brought rough to the factory, but When cut down this will give no more than a dozen blocks for use. From these emerge, perhaps. two really Up-top, flawletm "best ~- Ilsh briars." And as such a pip~ beauty can be fashioned only from root which is in the region of a hun- dred years' growth, it Is not lobe wondered that a perfect briar pipe 1~ costly.--Manchester Guardian. Famous Mountain Iron mountain is one of the isolated knobs of the St. Francois mountains. In St. Francois county, Me, It is 81 miles south of St. Louis, on the Iron Mountain railroad, and is 1,078 feet in elevation above the sea and 200 feet above the adjoining valley. This moun- tain contains deposlt~ Ot a~ hematite iron ore. .. . : Flashlight Photograph Made at Night From Plane Above As shown a remarkable aerial flashlight photogralih of McCook fiehl, Dayton, Ohio. taken from an elevation of 1,000 feet at night. The photograph was made by Lieutenant Goddard while the plane was being piloted by Lieutenant Bruner. Battle of the Boyne Parade in North Ireland Town Over in Ireland tile Orangemen still celebrate the Battle of the Boyne every year on the anniversary of that historic contest In 1690. The photograph shows the procession in Belmont, northern Ireland. Helps Make Capital a Model City LOS ANGELES BEAUTY Frederick Law Olmstead of Palos Verdes estates, California, third of a famous line of landscape architects, in the patio of his Spanish hacienda. He has been chosen by President Coolidge as the long-term member of the National Capital Park and Planning commission In Washington, D. C. The d~ty of the commission Is to select land for park purposes and to supervise N~e building-of highways and the development of residence suburbs, with the end in view of makl~g the national capital a model city In every way. Wedding on Bridge of Lighthouse When Dn~ey ~Farnworth and Evelyn Vee ot San Francisco decided to be married, they wanted something solld, very solid, back of it all "Mile Rock lighthouse,, suggested the brlde-to-be. "~olld enough," said the groom-to-he. they were married on the "bridge" of the ~lg~hthouse and the photographer made t hls picttwe oe the ceren~ny. Mis~ Marceila Arnold won the beauty contest at Los Angeles and will repre- sent that cityIn the pageant at Atlantic City, HAROLD P. SHELDON Harold P. Sheldon, former fish and game commissioner of Vermont. wlio is now chief United States game war- den of the bureau of biological stir, V~F.