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STO RY FROM T H E ST A R T
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W h i t e d e sp o n d e n t o v e r th e e n
f o r c e d h i d i n g o f her fiance, Jim
D e ll«.», s l a y e r In s e l f- d e f e n s e o f
H o m e r P a r k i n s o n , m em b er o f an
I n flu e n tia l f a m i l y , Sybil Saunders,
p o p u la r actr ess, is e n g a g e d to
p l a y V i o l a Ip a c h a r ity n e r f o r m -
a n c e o f " T w e l f t h N i g h t " on G ull
island, on the Blaine coast. A f t e r
the play, w h i c h is a b ig hit, W a l
ly Shine, ofll cia l p h o tog ra p h e r,
l e a r n s s o m e t h i n g o f the je a lo u s y
e x i s t i n g In the com pany.
c o m p a n y p r e p a r e s to depa rt.
CHAPTER II— Continued
They stopped at the steps and Joe
Tracy made his good-bys. He was go
ing camping in the woods with his
friend Jimmy Travers, who was to
meet him at Bangor tonight. They’d
stay tiiere twenty-four hours, getting
their stuff together, then be off for
the northern solitudes— no beaten
trucks for them. He left, jauntily
swinging his kilted skirts, a whistled
tune on his lips. Soon ufter, Stokes
departed, saying lie wus going to
change ills clothes.
A door to the right opened Into the
entrance hall. Here he and his wife
occupied a ground-floor room. He lis
tened at tlie panel before lie entered,
then softly turned the knob, and, in
side, as softly closed the door. Shut
in and alone his languid pose fell from
him like u cloak. An avid eagerness
sharpened his features and directed
ills hands, pulling open his valise and
taking from it a small leather case.
Moving back from the window he
pushed up his sleeve, took the hypo
dermic from the case and pressed in
the npedle. When he had restored the
hag to its place, lie threw himself on
the bed and lay with closed eyes feel
ing the Ineffable comfort, grateful as
an influx of life, vitalize and soothe
ills, tortured being.
Mrs. Cornell and Shine rose up and
followed him. Mrs. Cornell had her
packing to get through and wanted
Miss Pinkney's help. Shine was going
to see if the pantry would do for a
dark room, intending to take some
flashlight photographs of the company
He had found in a
cabinet all the flashlight requisites and
thought it would lie an interesitng
memento of their visit—each of them
to have a picture.
“ They’ve got everything here,” he
said as he pointed to the corner where
lie had made his And. “ Not alone all
the supplies, hut two first-class cam
eras and a projector. I suppose some
of the fuinlly took It up for a fad.”
Shine, who was domiciled In the but
ler's bedroom, disappeared into the ad
joining pantry and Mrs. Cornell trod
resolutely on into the kitchen, being
one o f the few members of the com
pany who was not afraid of the house
Miss Pinkney, who was sitting up
right in u stiff-backed chair, rose re
spectfully. She was a lean slab-sided
woman of fifty, with tight-drawn hair
and a long horse face. She had disap
proved bitterly of the intrusion of the
actors upon the sacred precincts of
• lull Island and though she had been
rigidly polite hoped that her disap
proval had got across.
Mrs. Cornell broached her request
and Miss Pinkney agreed. She was
even very pleasant about it, showing a
brisk, friendly alacrity— with the
helper gone they'd only lie a cold sup
per and she could dish that up In two
shakes. Together they left the kitchen
and on the stairs Mrs. Cornell hooked
her plump arm inside Miss Pinkney's
bony one and said when Mr. Shine
took the flashlights that night he must
take one of them as the "feeder” and
the other as the "fed.”
Bassett had gone into the house, too.
As he crossed the living room he no
ticed its deserted quietude, in contrast
to the noise and bustle that had pos
sessed it an hour ago.
He opened the door Into the hall,
where again all was quiet, none of the
jarring accents that occasionally rose
from the Stokes’ room. He walked
across the gleaming parquette to the
library which he had used for his
Two long French windows
framed a view o f the channel and
Hayworth dreaming among Its elms
He went to one of the windows and
looked ou t The girls were still sit
ting there, and, as he looked at them.
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an expression of infinite tenderness
lay like a light on his face. It wie*
the light Shine had noticed, allowed
to break through clearly now thut no
one was there to see.
He sat down at tlie desk; there were
letters for him to answer, addenda of
the performance to qlieck up.
moved the papers, looked at them,
pushed them away, and, resting his
forehead on Ills hands, relinquished
himself to n deep pervading happi
ness. Yesterday Anne had promised
to marry him.
His mind, held all day to his work,
now flew to her— memories of her face
with the down-bent lids as he had
asked her, and the look in her eyes ns
they met ills. Brave beautiful eyes
with her soul In them. It had been
no light acceptance for her, it meant
the surrendering of her whole being,
her life given "Over to him. He heard
her voice again, and his face sank into
his hands, ids heart trembling in the
passion of its dedication to her serv
ice. Anne, whom he had coveted and
yearned for and thought of far be
yond his reach— his! He would be
He Went to One of the Windows and
worthy of her, and he would take such
care of her, gird her round with his
two arms, a buckler against every ill
that life might bring. She'd had such
a hard time of it, struggling up by
herself with Joe hung round her neck
like a millstone.
At the memory of Joe he came to
earth witli a jarring impact.
dropped his hands and stared at the
papers, his brows bent in harassed
thought. Bassett had heard something
that morning from Sybil which must
be looked into— something he could
hardly believe. But Joe being what
he was, you never could tell. It had
been a mistake to bring him, with
Sybil a bunch of nerves and Stokes
shunted unexpectedly Into their midst.
And now lie felt responsible, he'd have
it out with Joe before he left, one
more disagreeable scene before they
separated tomorrow, and Bassett, like
Mrs. Cornell, felt he'd thank Provi
dence when they were all on the train
In the morning. Meanwhile he'd go
over his papers while he waited for
the boy. who had gone to his room to
dress. The door was open and he
could hear him as he came down the
Anne was approaching the house, a
slender crimson figure, her hair in the
sunset light shining like black lacquer.
She was smiling to herself—every
thing was so beautiful, not only Hull
island and this hour of tranquil glory,
but the mere fact of existing. Then
she saw Flora Stokes sitting on the
balcony aDd realized that In this
golden world there were people to
whom life was a dark and troublous
affair. She wanted to comfort Flora,
let some o f the happiness in her own
heart spill over into that burdened
one. But she knew no way of doing
It. could only smile at the haggard
face the woman lifted from her book.
“ Oh. Mrs. Stokes, reading.” she cried
as she ran up the steps. "How can
you read on such an evening as this?"
Flora Stokes aald she had been
walking uDout till site was tired, and
then glanced at the distant rock:
"You've left Sybil out there.”
There was uo comfort or consola
tion that could penetrate Mrs. Stokes'
obsession. Anne could only reassure:
"She's coming in soon. She Just
wanted to see the end of the sunset.”
She pussed Into the hull, sorry—oh,
so sorry! But the library door was
open and she halted, poised birdlike
for one glance. The •man at the desk
had Ids back to tier and stie said noth
ing, yet lie turned, gave a smothered
sound and Jumped up. She shut her
ejes us she felt iiis arms go about her
and ills kisses on iier hair, her senses
Murred in a strange ineffably sweet
confusion of timidity and delight.
“ Darling,” lie breathed, when the
kiss was over, “ 1 thought you were
" I had to stay with Sybil. She
didn't want to be aloie.”
"But you wanted to be here?”
"Just here,” she laid a finger on hi»
breast and broke Into smothered,
lie laughed too and they drew apart,
their hands sliding together and Inter
locking. it was all so new, so be-
wildtrlngly entrancing, that they did
not know how to express it, the man
staring wonder-struck, the girl, with
iter quivering laughter that was close
to tears, looking this way and that,
not knowing where to look.
“ 1 ought to go," site whispered.
“ They'll be coming," but mude no
“ Wait till they do." Then with a
sudden practical facing o f realities,
"When will we be married?"
"Oh, not for ages! I’m not used to
being engaged y e t !”
"I am— I never was before but 1
must have had a talent for it, I ’ve
tuken to it so well.”
“ Oh, Hugh!”
Her laughter came
more naturally, ills with it. They were
like u pair of children, delighting in a
little secret. “ Won’t they be sur
prised when they hear? Nobody lias
u suspicion of it.”
She looked so enchanting with her
eyebrows arched hi mischievous query
that he made a movement to clasp
her again, and then came the creak
of an opening door from the floor
"H is t!” she held up a warning hand
and sl!d away, her face, glancing back
for a last look, beautiful in its radiant
Bassett moved to the stair-foot.
Once again lie had to come down to
earth with a bump, lie passed his
baud over Ills face as if to wipe off
an expression incompatible with dis
agreeable interviews. This must .lie
It was Joe, dressed for travel In
■knickerbockers and a Norfolk Jacket,
a golf cap on the back o f iiis head. He
carried an overcoat across his arm, In
Ills hand a suitcase a d a fishing rod
done up in a canvas case. At the
sight of Bassett lie halted, and the
elder man noticed a change in Ids ex-
prt%8lon, a quick focusing to attention.
"Oh,” lie said. "W ant to see me,
“ Yes, I want to speak to you be
fore you go.”
Joe descended. Stopping a step
above Bassett, lie set down iiis bag
gage and leaned on tlie banister, polite
Bassett spoke with lowered voice:
"I heard something this morning
that I cun hardly believe— an accusa
tion against you. That you’ve been
using your position liere to act as one
of the police spies wlio’ve been keep
ing tab on Sybil.”
The boy looked at him with impen
etrable eyes and unswerejl in the sume
lowered k e y :
“ Who told you that?”
"She did. She accuses you o f hav
ing come here with thut intention, got
the Job knowing that no outsiders were
to be allowed on the Island.”
Bassett was certuin he hud paled
under ttie tan, hut his face retained
a masklike passivity.
“ Sounds us if she might he losing
“ You deny It?”
The boy gave a scornful shrug:
“ Of course I deny it. I shouldn't
think it would be uecessury to ask
“ She says she came upon you ex
amining a letter of hers, holding it up
to the light. And three days ugo she
found you in her room looking over
the paper* in her desk.”
“ A h !" he made a gesture o f angry
contempt. ” lt would make a person
sick—examining her letters I I was
looking through the i i i h II bag to see if
there was anything for me. If I took
up one of hers by mistake does that
prove I was examining It?”
"How about the other thing?”
“ Being In her room? Yes, I was
there. 1 went in to get a stamp. I
had an Important letter to go when
Gabriel took over the mail and It was
time for him. All the rest of you were
out. Her room was next to mine and
I went in. I never thought anything
about It, no more than I would have
thought about going into Anne's or
yours or anybody else’s. She’s putty,
I tell you. You can’t trust her word.
And if sne says I’m hired to spy ou
her she’s a d—d— ”
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