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0. HENRY m
(Continued from last Keck)
CHAITKR ' FIFTY-SIX.
N?ht was the revealinK hour
tor the magician of Hagdad
Whe n the million lights flashed
ni.d throDRa of men and omi
crowded, the. thorouMarPH in
Ion;;, undulating lines like mov
ing, black Btiakea, '.Bill Portr
canto into .his own.
1H owned the city; its poopl"
eiu. hi KUbjeotB. He went into
thdr midct, turning upon thm
I tut hrwd mlcrom-op ot his
j I (1111,1 nr underxtandirL'. Sham,
jialtry Ueceit, fllmey po.v wt-r-blown
away an veil before a de
trmlnl wind.. The aouls stood
fo-th. naked and pathetic. The
wizard had his way.
At erery corner, advf-nturp
aitd on his roniinK. young
rirl would Kkim stealthily around
.the corner, or an old "win" wo.ild
crouch In a doorway. Then-were
niyaterlea for Porter to nolve. H
did not stand afar and spculate.
He made friends with his uub
Jccts. He learned their pecrrts, their
hopes", their disappointments. He
( r lasped the hand of Soapy, the
bum,' and Dulrle herself told him
! why sh weflt totally bankrupt
;n $C a week. New York was an
enchanted labyrinth, yielding at
Why We Are
. . . - - '
WeVe teen a lot of batteries.
yput . never another like the
Willard Tleaded Rubber Bat
tery. Threaded Rubber insulates
the plates instead of separating
them the way wood separators
tiecking or cracking, because
Threaded Rubber Insulation re
tains all the valuable insulating
qualities ' of rubber.- and. is. not
affected by add.'
That's one reason why we're
strong for Willard Threaded
Jcubber Batteries. "
238 North High St.
THE OREGON STATESMAN, SALEM. OREGON
every twist the thrill of the un
expected the wonderful.
Porter IiftulM Into
Into this kingdom of hi, mil
Porter took .me.
; Jaunty, whimsical, light hiart
"d, h- came for me onf of the
: first intrlith of my visit. He wore
a little (Veil Ittunii'T ro"e in hi
J buttonholf. With a Kheepi.sh
wink. h puINd another from bi
'Colonel. 1 have bo'ichf you
ia discui.-e. Wear this and they
will not know yoii are l roin the
' "lanin it. I don't want th"
t'arnihinp." lint wbc-n Mill had
a notion he carried if out. The
; pink titid wax fastened to my
'coat. ' I'e noticed that the bull
look at you with a too, favorable
fye. This token will divert sus
picion from ii" '
"Where are we Roinp?"
I "Everywhere and nowhere. We
; may find ourselves in Hell' Kit
chen or we may land in Heaven's
vestibule. Prepare yrturself for
thrills and perils. We go where
, the niarnet draweth."
It was neariiiK midnight. We
j started down Fifth Avenu and
were sauntei tnK aiont?-iii nere
lieiween Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth.
Dozens of women with
white, garish faces had flitted by.
"Ships that pass in the night.
whispered Porter. "There are
but two rocks in their courses
the cops and their landladies.
Haltered and storm-tossed, aren't
they? They haunt me.
"Girl's Firs! Trip"
Out from the shadow came a
ragged wisp of a girL She looked
about 17. "
"She's been skimming the bogs
of country life." a
"Aw, shucks, she's an old tim
er." . "First trip," Porter nudged me.
"She hasn't .learned how to steer
her bark in 'the deeps of city life
yet. She's just flying that sail
"No, you're mistaken. You in-
STEER YOU CAR TO. SERVICE
Opposite Court House Phone 41
Tires Tires Tires
Hood, Fisk and Silvertown Cords Automotive Sup
plies Expert Repairing Welding
We Never Sleep
Better tires that will run
This is just wht we
They are made by the Sound Rubber Company at Taco
ma. Wash. A 'new Northwest entfrnris finnnori hv
gon and Washington capital
ait western people.
They are building a quality hand made tire, using a hJgh
er percentage of pure rubber, and the very best quality of
fabric and cords. The quality is much more uniform than in
machine made lires. '
They are built to stand our Western roads and from tes
timonials we are receiving they are making good beyond all
Insist on jour next time being a Sound Tire
Trade and High Streets
vestigate and we'll see who's cor
i rect. I'll stand here and hold the
horses." Porter had a way of
pulling things out of the past
and snapping them at me.
As we came up the girl dodged
into a doorway, making Ta pre
! tence of tying her shoe. She
looked up at me. fright darting
in hi-r u-irle. vuiinc eyes. "You're
a nlain clothes man?" Her voice,
was low but it shrilled in her fear.
"Yes, very plain."
"Please don't take me in. I
never did this before."
"I'm not a policeman, but I'd
like to introduce you to a friend
Mill came over. "You've frigh
tened the lady. Ask her if she
would like to dine with us."
More frightened than before,
the girl drew hack. "I dare not
go with you!"
' You dare- go anywhere with
us." Porter addressed her as
though hhe were truly the prin
cess and he the Knight Errant.
Not hint; Personal
In Ills Interest.
There was nothing personal In
his interest. He hid one indom
itable passion -hn wished to dis
over the secret and hidden things
in the chararters of the men and
I women about him. He wanted
no second hand or expurgated ver
sions. He was a scientist and the
iiuiveiin? heart of humanity was
the one absorbing subject under
We went to Mouquin's. The
little, thin, white creature had
never been there before. Her eyes
were luminous with excitement.
; Porter made her feel so much at
ast. it disconcerted me a trifle.
! 1 wanted the girt to know that she
was in the presence of greatness.
"He's a great writer," I whis
pered to her. Porter turned a
withering sneer at me. "I'm noth
ing of the sort." he contradicted.
"Oh, but I believe it," she said.
"I'd like to see what you write.
Is it about wonderful people and
money and everything- grand?"
- "Yes," Porter answered. It's
about girls like you and all the
strange things that happen to
"But my life isn't mine. It's
just mean and scraping and hun
gry, and fine things never hap-
more miles is of interest to all
have in SOUND TIRES
and should have the support of
pened to me until tonight. Ever
since I can remember Its' been the
Porter had started her on the
revelation. He was correct. She
was but a little country girl. She
had tired of the monotony and
came to life.
About Vibt (iirl.
There was nothing remarkable
about her. I couldn't see a atory
there. The only spark sh showed
was when the dinner came and
then a look of inspired Joyousness
lighted her face. It seemed to me
that Porter must turely be disap
pointed. "When I see a shipwreck, I like
to know what caused the disas
ter," he said.
"Wei. what did you make of
"Nothing but the glow that
wrapped her face when the soup
came!" "That's the story."
What's behind that look of rap
ture? Why should any girl's face
Clow at the prospect of a plate of
soup in this city, where enough
food to feed a dozen armies Is
wasted every night? Yes. It's more
of a story than will ever be writ
ten!" Each one that he met yielded a
treasure to him. Into the honka
tonks. the dance halls, the .base
ment cafes he took me. The same
indomitable purpose guided him.
No wonder that New York threw
off its disguise before the Peerless
Faring Forth to
Track Down Idea
"I s'ent an idea tonight. Color,
el. Let us go forth and . track
it down." It was another even
ing and I had dined with him; at
the Caledonia Hotel.
We started down Sixth aveaue.
The rain splashed sideways and
downways. Puny lights flickered
up from basement doors. The
mingled odor of stalo beer, cab
bage ind beans simmered up.
We went down into many of these
paltry hall, with the sawdust on
the floor and the chipped salt
cellars and the scratched up,
"It's not here. Let us go to
O'Reilly's. I don't like the frag
rance of these dago joints. At
Twenty-second street Porter pull
ed down his umbrella. "Well
find it in here."
At the bar were a score of
men. The tables here and there
were but shelves for the elbows
of gaudily dressed, cheaply jew
We took a vacant table. As
Porter sat down every woman in
the room sent an admiring glance
"For God's sake, Bill, you won't
eat. in this stench will you?"
"Just beer and a sandwich.
Look over there, Colonel, I see
In one corner sat two girls,
pretty, shabby genteel, the stark
piercing glare of hunger In theft
eyes. Porter beckoned to them.
(Continued next week)
Adele Garrison's New Phase Of
REVELATIONS OF, A WIFE
WHAT LILLIAN' SAID TO
MADGE WHEN HEK STOUY
I lost no time in going to Lil
lian Underwood with the problem
of my father's inexplicable ac
tions. I made the excuse of a desire
to see Mrs. Cosgrove. Robert Sav
arin'g sister, who was still with
Lillian, watching over the slow
convalescence of her artist broth
er, and so effectually lolled any
lurking doubt or my mission
which my father's general uneasi
ness might have conceived.
Lillian, wan, heavy-eyed rroni
In part sharing the vigil of the
sick room with the nurse and Mrs.
Cosgrove, but more from the un
certainty as to Harry t'nder
wood's fate and Robert Savarin's
nart in it which was consuming
her, put her arms around me in
convulsive greeting when Hetty
had shown me into the library.
"Miss Madge, ef yoh s got any
thing in the world to tak Mis
Lillian's mind off whatevah's
troublin her. I wish yoh'd spill
it," Hetty had whispered tc me
earnestly as we mounted th
stairs, and I was glad of the in
junction. Otherwise I never
would have dared to trouble the
tragic figure my friend presented
with any problem of my own.
"You Always Understand
"Oh. my dear, my dear. I'm so
glad to see von!" Lillian i,i
she drew me to a chair, an tn
her old. loving deft fashion re-
movea my hat and coat.
"Is Robert no better?" I
"Physically, ves " Kho nn
swered. although his progress
" . ana ne is terribly weak But
mentally oh. Madge I wonder
She Paused. Ktrucelinp- iinvoin
for composure, gave it up. put
her head against my shoulder,
wnne nara, strangling sobs tore
from her throat.
Mr ion i n
my m D
"There:" she said harshly a
few moments later. "I knew I'd
'io this if you ever came near me.
What is it about you anywav that
makes me do the baby act when
ever I'm in trouble and you' tome
anywhere near me?"
"Because it isn't in 'numan na
nre to face everything as bravely
and composedly as you do," said
lu'etly. ' You s'.mply have to
break sometime, and I'm verv
proud and thanhful that! am near
enough to you for you to 1k will
ing to come to me for the little
comfort I can give you."
"The little comfort!" she re-
peated scornfully. "Child, you
haven't any idea of what yoiur
loving comfort means to me. You
always understand so, without niy
having to explain all over tie
place. And if anybody else bmt
you saw me making an idiot of
myself this way well I think
there'd be a double Job for the
"I!ut that's enough for me,"
she went on brusquely. "You're
looking sort of groggy yourself.
What's the answer that princi
pal's wife you told me about?"
I started with surprise. My
father's affairs had so engrossed
my mind that for days I had for
gotten all about the terror with
which Milly Stockbrldge had in
spired me upon the night of her
"It isn't she that's troubling
tnc." I answered quickly, though
"Although she's raising Cain, a
little more than usual." Lillliui
commented shrewdly. "Well, we'll
dismiss her for the present, and
take her case up later. What's
the real trouble? I hope it'ii
some trouble about which I can
do something. I think I shall ro
stark staring mad if I don't have
something to fake my mind of
things. Work doesn't help me a
bit any more."
Is Lillian Right?
"'If you cannot help me no one
in the world can." I answered,
and was rewarded by seeing a
look of interest flash into her
"Go ahead and talk slowly,"
she replied, settling herself into
an attitude of attentive listening.
I beean at mv father's enthus
iasm over our outing together,
and reviewed the whole aeries of
incidents which had so impressed
Orw Jl-MMY !
Tn'aJV I : ..7V..
n..-. ? .- a, i
!i it '-".
Not only does a bicycle teach the boy habits of
carefulness, but it saves time for the entire family
through the speed with which errands can be attended
to. You owe it to your boy to see that he has a
bicycle at once.
We sell Daytons, Columbias and heavy Service Bikes
RAMSDEN & M'MORRAN
387 Court Street SALEM. OREGON
SUNDAY MORNING, APRIL 24, 1921
themselves npon my mind. Lil
lian didn't interrupt me with a
single question until I had fin
ished. Then for several minutes
later she sat motionless, her chin
in her cupped hands. Then she
lifted her head, looked at me
"A ghost from the past," sho
repeated. "Madge, dear, pardon
me for raking np unpleasant
things, but you told me once your
mother's unhappy history. Do you
know whether that woman for
whom your father deserted her i
living or dead?"
(To be continued)
Is Big Game Country
HARKATOON, Sask.. April 20
The claim that the province of
Saskatchewan is one of the best
big game countries on the North
American continent seems estab
lished by the chief gams guard
ian's report for the season 1820.
The report shows a total of 2170
big animals secured by the 3000
G. L DAVENPORT
Apple. Potatoes, Onrnnft, Sp1 Pota
toes true vritir. "The
beat tbat'l irrown." ,
All kin-U produce aotiritd.
147 Front St. Portland. Ore.
Is his most prized posses
sion. There is a peculiar joy
and pride in the ownership of
the first bicycle which is sel
dom duplicated in after life.
Here are authentic figures from the Ford factory at Detroit
They show you just how many Ford cars and trucks have been built
each month since January 1, 1921 and how many have beeniold to
customers, in trie United
Total Production 127,074 Total Retail Saks.,. 208,03$
showing that actual sales for the first three months of 1Q91
duction by 80,958 Ford cars and trucks! 921 CXCeeded pro'
an(1 April requisitions already specify 107,719 additional cars and trucks
candor6" UtPUt f thC faCty and aSSemb PlcorS
. These facts clearly show that the demand for Ford products is irrow
ing much faster than manufacturing facilities to produce and wefe iTnot
for the dealers' limited stocks, which are now being rapidly depleted manv
more customers would have been compelled to wait foV their cars I?1Sh
be only a matter of weeks, therefore, until a big surplus of orders will
prevent anything like prompt deliveries. S 111
If you would be sure of having your Ford car or truck when you want
caVdU yUr rder nW Dn,t delay Phone us or drP us a
Valley Motor Cb 4
licensed hunters last season,! The
varieties taken include &0t cari
bou, 870 deer and. 1200 moolei
The value of game resources Is'
not generally recognised, but it
is estimate, half? a ralJHon, dol
lars is annually spent In this pro
vince on big game huntings
I M W SI & .J
"JUST AS GOOD
AS THE MACK
We know MACK trucks are conceded
the leadership of the track industry. They
have guined this preeminence through years
of the highest standard of production and
performance in the hands of owners.
Would-be competitors recognize MACK
leadership and in many instances represent
their "trucks" to prospective purchasers as
"Just as good as the Mack.", (
There can be none
"JUST AS GOOD"
MACK IS BEST
' There is no reason why you should buy
a substitute when you can buy a MACK.
We have a sales prposition that-will appeal
to You and it doll not relate to haulage
contracts. - 'H ' ' ; v '
Mack; Ioterjptipnal: Motor
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258 STATE ST. l SALEM, OREGON
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