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Hie OREGON STATESMAN. Salem. Oregon, Tuesday Morning, December 24, 1929
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LAN'S lips tightened.
"Evea so " he began, then
added: "Hare I the big
brother's privilege of being
"Of course. But I shall scratch
you if you're too rude."
"I'll risk it. Even so. won't
this house cost you more to keep
up than you can really erer hope
to get back?"
I don't think so. You're bo
idea what nice little sums come
one's way. Just through hanging
bout and looking and feeling
absolutely correctly turned cut
Why. when Daddy was altre '
"It isn't a bad idea to hare a
bit in reserve, though."
"Really and truly. Alan, that
Isn't the way to get on nowadays.
I assure you it isn't. Roger him
self will "tell you "
She broke off as the door
opened and Kelton appeared.
"Hello. Brennaway. This
surprise. For the moment I could
hardly believe it was you."
Alan shook hand3 and was con
scious of a certain strais.! Roger
was not particularly pleased to
see him; of that there was little
doubt and as little doubt of the
For a time the talk was gen
eral. Then Shirley got up.
"I must lie down for half an
hour before I dress for dinner.
I'm not to fit as 1 was. Alan, but
that co. es from lazing about In
hotels. You'll stay to dinner.
"No, thanks. I'm going back
on the sleeper tonight and I have
to go round to the club first. I'm
afraid I shan't see you again until
we meet in Vermont."
Shirley, gave Roger a meaning
glance as she left the room. She
bad made him the opportunity to
tell Alan that he would not go to
"You've time for a cigar, Bren
.so. thanks. But I'll try a pipe
If I may. Well, how are things
"Oh, not too badly. I was sor
ry to hear that you were under
the weather. He enlarged on
the subject while Alan filled his
pipe In silence. But in time
Roger could ay no more and the
silence held. Surely, thought
Alan, If the fellow had any de
cency he would open the subject
that each knew must be discussed.
Evidently he did not Intend to
open it. Alan had to do It
"Thought any more abont Mace
"It has been at the back of my
thoughts all the time ye're been
away on our honeymoon," came
the prompt answer. "But some
how or other I've put off writing
to you It's a little difficult to fo
cus one's attention on such a sub
ject when one's on a honeymoon,1
lie laughed heepUulr. Alan
waited. "As a matter of fast,'
continued Kelton, "I was talking
to Shirley about it only this morn
"Old you coma to any conclu
"She didn't exactly Jump at the
Idea of my going away for ao long.
xa xaci, sne rather suggested that
it would put her in an awkward
position. Of coarse I quit esee her
poiat. We're been married for
what Is it? six or seren veeka.
and if I am to go away and lea re
her for as many , months well,
there it is. You do see her point
91 Tiew, aon't you 7"
Alan said nothing aadihl. Rl-
ton was talking at speed.
"i didn't want to rush her all
at once, and obTlously it's rather
auncmi to pring home to bar the
necessity for my going. Of course,
I don't doubt that I can make her
reauae that It Is important But
just at present It is difficult to get
her toeoncntrate she's bavin sr
to attend to this, that and the
other, and she's a good deal more
run down that you would think.
"I shall hare to take her np to
tne mountains and it seems to me
that that would be a good time to
tackle her in earnest. When we
get there I hope I may count on
you to back me up if necessary, to
mane ner realize that It is a good
thing. She banks a terrific lot on
Inevitably Roger's assurance
that Shirley banked on Alan'a ad.
Tice brought a thrill of satisfac
tion to Alan, but at the same mo
ment came the suspicion that they
were so intended.
'I don't think she values mv ad
vice as such, all the same." he
said. "Just before you came in we
were discussing your career. Tak
ing the privilege of an old friend
I ventured to suggest that her per
sonal expenditure must be err
considerable. She did not take my
rew remans very seriously. She
is a great believer in well. I can
only call it social display."
"There I'm in a bit of a diffi
culty," said Kelton. "Because, you
see, she has fifteen thousand a
year of her own "
"That's seren and a half per
cent on $200,000," Alan cut In.
"Can you get seven and a halt per
cent for her in anything like a de
"My dear Brennaway, you know
perfectly well that I cannot. That
is another little thing we shall
have to taekle. I could hardly
worry her with money affairs on
her honeymoon. Especially as it
would mean telling her that her
Income is substantially reduced.
"In "Vermont we shall have a
fortnight quite to ourselves we
should be able to make many re
adjustments, if you wouldn't mind
leaving the whole matter over un
til then, I feel sure we should be
able to make substantial pro
gress. Alan cot up.
"Very well." he said. "We'll
go Into everything up there and
settle the matter definitely."
Kelton saw him out, elaborated
a wish for his speedy restoration
to health and said good-bye.
Por some time after Alan had
gone. Kelton remained In the hall.
"When It comes to demanding
an explanation of my private ex
penditure " he muttered fur
iously. "Brennaway, he told him
self, simply hadn't the very re
motest sense of delicacy."
' He thought of himself as heing
caught in a trap. Was there no
means of gnawing his way out?"
Macedonia, of course, was mad
ness. One simply could not go off
to the ends of the earth like that
on a wild-goose chase when by
puttering about with Gortson and
his crowd one could nuke nearly
fifteen hundred dollars in nine
days! If Brrnnaway could be paid
a substantial amount on account
of his debt. It would at least put
an end to all this bullying. Could
one perhaps borrow from Shir
ley r That would involve explana
tions; possibly one could arrange
for a loan independently.
He went upstairs, tapped on
the door of Shirley's room and
received a summons to enter. She
was dressing for dinner. Her
shoulders, he thought, were the
most wonderful in the world.
"Did you tell Alan what you
had decided about Macedonia?
she asked. ""
''Not in so many words." he
hedged. The shoulders, he thought
"It wasn't the time or the place"
he defended himself. "We barely
touched upon the subject. X say,
you look perfectly lovely." He
"Not now, Roger." she said
with unwonted sharpness.
"My dear girl. I only came up
to ask you something. There's
really no reason to jump down my
"What is It?"
"Cynaa is back In town for a
week or two. X heard that this af
ternoon. Wouldn't it be rather a
good thins if I mean, couldn't
yon write hint one of those nice
informal little motes and ask him
to dine? I have got an Idea he
might be useful. He seemed pret
ty pleased with us at Southamp
ton. -Yes, if jou like."
Ask him. for this weekthat
will help the informality - atmos
phere short notice, you . knew.
And I say, what about Rearing
that violet frock when he comes?"
"Roger, do leave my address to
Kelton hardly noticed the snub.
He was thinking of Cynax think
ing very hard indeed. Of course
ihere would be no question of get
ting a loan direct from Cynax.
He shrank from defining to him
self exactly what it was that he
hoped to get from Cynas.
The little dinner to Cynas was
a success, though Kelton did not
know it at the time. Shirley did
not wear the violet dress but
something that gleamed blue and
green and gold and made a won
derful background for the dia
monds that had been her aunt's
Out of this lrrldescence of gems
and gown her head reared itself
serenely. If her thoughts were
troubled they cast no flicker of a
shadow upon her face. Her eyes
shone, her laughter was Infectious
her bright, glancing wit was
Roger watched and applauded
and bis last lingering doubts of
her "policy" left him then and
there. Life was going to be a suc
Cynas was particularly attract
ed to Shirley; he ignored his host
and the other three guests un
important individuals who had
been asked solely because a too
informal atmosphere might have
aroused Cynas suspicions. They
were perfectly aware of this; and
many years later, it came to Shir
ley to wonder I Cynas had not
perhaps known It too.
After dinner Kelton tried to
draw the financier aside and fail
ed. Before trying a second time he
passed a signal to Shirley, who
ignored it. No third opportunity
occurred and Cynas eventuaBy
left the house, after having said
little more to his host than "good
night: After seeing the last guest off.
Roger returned to the drawing
room in a state of baffled resent
ment. Shirley was apparently
playing with the lights in a cor
ner ot the room.
(To be continued tomorrow.)
BAND IS AIDED
SILVERTON. Dec. 23 The
school board has purchased three
alto mellophones to be used both
for the school band and the or
chestra. The 4-L band committee has
loaned to the school brass horns
and other instruments belonging
to Its band. The school banL con
sists ot 60 members and the or
chestra ot 55. Hal Campbell is
the director of both.
Fire Girls Enjoy
HUBBARD. Dec 23 One of
the most delightful affairs ot the
season was the Christmas party
Qt Camp Adahi Camp Fire girls
with Mrs. George Knight and
daughters. Miss Helen and Miss
Anna, hostesses, at their home
The large living room was at
tractively decora ted. with a beau
tiful Christmas tree ha one cor
ner, the cross logs and glowing
flame, a red light, at the center
and tapers and other seasonable
decorations placed abont.
The girls were assembled in
the dining room when a Jingling
of bells proclaimed the approach
of Santa Claus who was ushered
into the living room where the
girls all rushed and where a sur
prise awaited them for the tree
and Santa had been kept a secret
by the hostesses.
An exchange of gifts followed
which mnch good natured banter
by Santa and hearty laughter ov
er some of the gifts taken from
the red stcdklngs which were Mrs.
Knight's contribution to the tree.
Each ot the packages of sifts that
were exchanged contained Christ
mas seals purchased by the 'girls
to farther the progress; of the
health stamp campaign which
they are conducting.
After the gifts were distribut
ed old Santa was Invited to re
main and. enjoy a social hour. The
radio play "Memory Lane" held
the attention of all. Mrs. Knight,
assisted by Miss Ruby Crittenden,
served refreshments after which
Christmas carols and other songs
by the girls with Miss Helen
Ktfight at the piano added a
cheerful finish to a merry even
ing. Those present were Miss Betty
Brown, Miss Marlon Carlson. Miss
Leafy Reed, Miss Marjorle Welt
er. Miss Helen Claypool. Miss Al
ice Kunkel, Miss Bessie Rector,
Miss Marion McKenzle, Miss Ger
aldine Carlson. Miss Mildred Ott;
Miss Leah KromUng. Miss Anna
Knight. Miss Helen Knight, pres
ident. Miss Berryl Blosser, guar
dian. Miss Ruby Crittenden; Mr.
and Mrs. J. R. Bldgood and Mrs.
George Knight and Charles
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