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HEPPNER GAZETTE TIMES, HEPPNER, OREGON, THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 1928.
Stewart Edward White
Illustrations by Henry Jay Lee
Qjpyrlght Stewwt Edward Whits
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WHO'S WHO IN THE STORY:
GHIMSTEAD, the "Bucsaneer" .-of this
swashbuckling story, it stranded among the
California redwood in his "private craft,"
a high-powered car, when its gasoline tank
HUKTON CR1MSTEAD, his "spoiled"
daughter, is with him against her will, es
pecially so as she perceives her father's
object in insisting on her going on the trip
is to throw her into the company of
ROSS GARDINER, Grimstead's sin inter
"Second in Command," a capable, good
looking young man.
S1MMINS, chauffeur and house man, of
gay spirits, repressed because of his ultra
KnglUh-butter dignity. He is sent after
help and returns with a young man in a
DAVENPORT, a youth, conies by and
astonishes them first by saying his small
car runs on electricity so he has no "gas"
to give them, and next by winning a $10,
000 bet from Gardiner by predicting a rain
storm. The stranger makes another bet
with Gardiner, this time that his car will
run a certain period of time on its battery.
A Marvelous Discovery.
Grimstead put on his poker face
to conceal his Inner excitement
This offer was more than he had
"I should like to very much," he
"So should I," spoke up Burton,
"but I want to hear It In words of
"It Is not at all complicated. Now,
you know If you put a copper plate
and a zinc plate side by side in an
acid solution and connect them with
wires you generate electricity. That
Is the simple wet battery.
"All right. If you run a dynamo
you also generate electricity, this
time by Induction. '
"Where docs all that electricity
come from? You might say chem
ical action in the one case or me
chanical action in the other, but
they are actually only a means to
an end. The world lies In a great
field of static or Inert magnetism.
The cell and the dynamo are mere
ly means by which this Inert elec
tricity is livened up, made Into kin
etic or acltve electricity; they actu
ally produce nothing in themselves.
Is that clear?"
"Perfectly," said Burton.
"When we have used this kinetic
electricity, or It becomes 'ground
ed,' it returns to the reservoir of
static. All I've done Is to make a
short cut between the static elec
tricity In which we are immersed
and the kinetic electricity we can
"That Is self-evident, young man,"
remarked Grimstead drily.
"I am just making it clear for
Miss Burton. Go back to the wet
cell. It is heavy and awkward and
short lived. My battery is just like
a wet cell without those disadvan
tages. The wet cell consists of two
plates of different metal In a solu
tion. Mine consists of two plates
of different metal side by side in
air. The wet cell transforms or
produces Its electricity by or
through a chemical action that is
limited in effectiveness and In du
ration. My battery transforms the
static from the air into kinetic with
out chemical action apparently;
and in much greater quantity In
proportion to the size of the plates."
Grimstead was sitting up now in
"There must be chemical action!"
he cried. "You can't lift yourself
by your bootstraps."
"Of course; there probably Is,"
agreed Davenport "I only said
there was apparently none. It must
be very slight like the apparent
loss in radium, I suppose for, as
I say, I have used this battery to
drive my car eleven hundred mile
without any wear I can determine
by looking at It.
"What metals do you use?"
"Pardon," returned the young
man, "but there, of course, y.iu're
asking my secret. I will say this,
however. They are alloys of metals
easily procurable. The alloy must
be exact and the distance between
the plates must be exact I have
a micrometer screw to adjust my
"You say the metals are easily
procurable. How much do you es
timate It cost you to build such a
"Mine up to now have been ex
perimental and built piecemeal by
experiment," Davenport pointed
out. "But In quantity they could be
built of that size for somewhere
between fifty and a hundred nnd
fifty dollars. It Isn't the materials;
it's the accuracy, and I don't know
just what workmen of the neces
sary skill would cost."
Grimstead's poker face was still
doing business, but his cigar butt
was chewed to a frazzle.
"You say that battery there will
run a brake test of forty hoi3e
power?" he asked.
"Will a larger battery develop
more horsepower In proportion?
What are the limits In capacity?
"I haven't the slightest Idea.
There's no limit apparently to the
amount of static you can take by
means of dynamos; why should
there be any more limit to what
you can take by other means? Of
course, I don't know; I'm just be
ginning to try It out."
"Well, you may have something
though It sounds pretty radical,"
vawncd Grimstead, as tnougn tne
subject had ceased to Interest him.
Burton hopped from the log on
which she sat.
"The moonlight Is heavenly," she
declared. "I must see It through
the big trees. Will you go with mo,
Mr. Davenport, outside tno nre-licht?"
Davenport jumped to his feet
Gardiner too stirred as though
': about to rise, but paused as he felt
', Grimstead's restraining hand on
The two young people stepped out
"The" Larry Davenport
They walked for 10 yards, feeling
their way In the black and white
contrasts of moonlight; then sat
side' by side on a log.
"It is almost too perfect," said
Burton. "It almost hurts. But I
shall never forget it."
They began to chat, to make dis
jointed remarks, swinging back
down the wide arc of ectasy to the
starting point of everyday things.
In a little while Davenport was
talking eagerly, openly. The sub
ject was his battery.
"It ought to be tremendously
valuable. You'll probably make a
million or so out of it. I hope you
do," the girl said.
"Yes, of course. I'd like to make
something out of It But that isn't
the real point. Do you mind if I
talk a little about it?"
"Oh, please!" she begged.
"Don't you Bee what it will mean
to the world," he said, "the poor
struggling old world? What a bur
den it does carry. Lord, what a
task it has assumed just in feed
ing Itself and clothing itself and
keeping itself warm. And It has
to hustle to do that."
He twisted on the log more near
ly to face her. "Look here," he
demanded, "what Is the greatest
material need, the very greatest
need of the world?"
"Davenport's batteries," she re
He threw his head back and
"I was getting rather preachy,
wasn't I? Well, the thing the
world needs most Is breathing-time,
time to play more and to soak up
the things that never come to a
man when he's In a hurry or sur
rounded by the buzz-flies of detail.
What the work-a-day world needs
most is leisure, a little leisure."
"The trouble is," said Burton,
"people are never satisfied. If they'd
be contented to go without so many
frills they'd have leisure enough."
"No, you're wrong. They should
have the frills. The frills represent
the grace and beauty of life. We
all have an instinct for frills; and
real instincts should be gratified
in proportion. But the point is,
frills are too hard to get A living
is too hard to get. Heaven forbid
we should ever get anything with
out working for it; that is absolute
ly fatal. But there's no sense in
having to perform soul-deadening
and grinding toll for it."
"But what has the battery to do
"Why don't you see? Every in
vention that reduces the labor nec
essary to produce things is a step
toward that leisure for the race.
It's a step toward supplying more
frills, besides more abundant nec
essities, with the same amount of
With vivid sentences he sketched
the world as he saw It; a reorgan
ized world, free to put Its energies
Into the positive creation of those
things which men's true instincts
crave; producing its abundance by
honest, sincere, necessary labor, but
accomplishing the production with
out the exhaustion of squalor.
It was no impossible Utopia; it
was no absurd dream of an impossi
ble "equality"; but it was a world
of opportunity released from pres
sure. What men did with the op
portunity would still be, as It had
always been, a matter for them
selves. But no longer would there be any
reason or necessity for the submer
gence under inexorable circum
stance of the man whose hands
reached toward the stars.
That, is what he visioned; and
that is what Burton, kindling to his
ideas, saw too. And as she had
not lived with the idea, as had he,
and was unaccustomed to It, she
was the more eagerly afire.
They sat silent for a time.
"Tell me about yourself?" she
"I was born of poor but honest
parents and my friends call me
Larry," he began.
"You're not the Lawrence Dav
enport?" she gasped.
"I'm the only one I know about
There may be others I know not
of; but be assured, O Lady, that
they are nothing but spurious im
itations." "Why, I've read all your books
and I've just loved them!"
"Long and patient study has not
yet revealed to me the suitable ans
wer to one who claims she loves
your books," sadly confessed Dav
Burton began to chuckle, then to
"I'm thinking of the joke on us,"
she explained, "of Dad. We thought
you were a garage mechanic!"
"And me with such gentlemanly
manners," he mourned, "and my
diction, faulty as it is, yet observes
the rules of grammar."
"Your funny little car misled us,
I suppose," she explained, "and then
you were so handy about every
thing." "You relieve me. The car was
the cheapest I could get for a pure
"And the battery?"
"Came to me just like a story,
a little at a time. I'm no mechanic.
No one could be worse fitted than
I to be an inventor. But I couldn't
help noticing from time to time the
incredible amount of power every
where going to waste, and one day
when I was filling the starting bat
tery of my car I have got a car
it struck me what a nuisance it
was, and I wondered if we couldn't
get a battery that would work
"And then you figured it out'1
"I did not," he disclaimed. "I
merely kept it in mind, the way I
do a story, and it worked out its
own plot, bit by bit. It took me
some time to tumble to the fact
that the plates had to be just ex
actly so far apart. But at last I
got it to work and to work hard for
a long time. One horrible thought
occurred to me: that maybe it will
only work near electric plants al
ready in operation under the old
"Stealing what's already been
made! I see!"
"That's why I'm up in this wild
country, bag and baggage. I'm go
ing to find out. It seems to be al
"You don't know how I appre
ciate your telling me all this, Mr.
Davenport," then said she.
"I told you my friends call me
Larry," he pointed out; then at. her
slight withdrawal. "Now, really,
look at me. Am I a Larry looking
person or a Davenport looking per
son?" He cocked his eye comic
ally In her direction.
"You're right Larry," said she.
In the morning the famous bat
tery, lashed to the running board,
had been connected up with the
self-starter which was now turning
over In the laborious and vocifer
ous manner peculiar to the spe
cies. Grimstead and Gardiner were
inclined to stand and watch it in
fascination; but Davenport was
"That's all there is to It," said
he. "Now all we have to watch out
for is that she doesn't run dry of
lubrication. Slmmins can keep
track of that"
He turned away.
"Now we've got a good morning's
work in front of us," he announced
cheerfully. "I picked a good place
for camp, before breakfast We
must move camp, and then we must
make a start on our road out"
"I'm going fishing this afternoon,"
The evening meal that night was
a jolly one, thanks to a large trout
Grimstead's high good humor over
its capture carried all temperamen
tal difference before it. Even the
taciturn Gardiner -unbent to tell an
Burton was In the highest spirits,
also, for she had what she consider
ed a very intriguing secret, which
she intended to keep for the time
being at least, in the hope of ex
tracting from the situation still fur
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In this she was abetted by Larry
Davenport himself. Now that that
young man really understood the
position in the social structure he
was supposed to fill, he played up
and became the Perfect Garage Me
chanic. When this performance
drew Simmln's puzzled eye Larry's
happiness was complete.
"Now," sighed Grimstead comfort
ably, as he struggled to his thick
legs after supper, "if you young
people will excuse us, Ross and I
have a little business to talk over."
He lighted a cigar and, followed
by Gardiner, disappeared In the
"Now," he demanded of Gardiner,
once they were settled on a conven
ient log. "How about it?"
His benign good humor had fall
en from him and his whole being
had tautened into a hard alertness."
"It's been running without a
break, and without apparent loss
of energy at any time up to five
o'clock," answered Gardiner.
"We've got to tie this thing down
before somebody else gets hold of
it," declared Grimstead. "I wonder
if anybody has? He might be tied
"May be," agreed Gardiner, "but
I don't think so. This seems to be
his first test of the thing."
"Well, we must tie him up," said
"Going to buy him out, chief?
You could probably get it cheap,
"Gardiner," said the pirate, "I
sometimes wonder a little about
"What do you mean?" asked
"I gather you think we could
drive a cheap bargain with this
Gardiner considered his reply for
"Yes," he said finally, with con
viction. "I think we could before
he gets talking with some one else."
"Of course we could, but we
won't. I'll offer him the very larg
est share I can, or the highest roy
alties possible consistent with con
trol and good business. See why?"
Gardiner shook his head.
"Well, either this is a whooping
big thing or it is a flivver. If It's
a flivver it doesn't matter If we give
him the whole works; it would be
giving him nothing. But suppose it
turns out to be a world beater and
we've made a sharp bargain. Either
he, or some one else, is going to
buck. Then there's law suits with
out end. If, however, we have at
the very start, before the thing is
proved up at all, given him a full
share, then when it turns out big
he'll stay with us."
"Well, young man," said Grim
stead when they had returned to
the fireside, "your battery seems to
be making good. There's no doubt
that you have a big thing there. I
don't know just how big, but it's
good enough to market as it is.
Ever thought of it?"
"Yes, of course. But I've never
been sure enough it was going to
work to do anything about it"
Grimstead cast an eye of triumph
"Well," said he, "I am consider
ably in the electric line myself.
What would you- think of taking
it up with me?"
"I was going to propose it my
self after you had satisfied yourself
the thing was going to run."
"Good! Now I'm not going to in
sult your intelligence by trying to
buy outright," said Grimstead craft
ily gaining merit from his decision.
"You'd know better than that
There are two other methods. By
one you would get a certain amount
of stock in the company. By the
other you would be paid a definite
royalty. In the first Instance you
would have a voice In the manage
ment, and also responsibility. In
the second instance you would be
relieved from all trouble, but would
have nothing to say."
"I see the difference," Davenport
nodded. "But I don't believe I could
decide as to my choice until I heard
a more definite proposition of each
kind. How much stock would I get
and how much royalty?"
Grimstead here showed further
his qualification for chiefhood by
shooting back his proposal. He had
thought it all out, and was ready.
(Continued Next Week)
A woman was entering a motion
picture house when she was stop
ped by an attendant
"Excuse me, madam," he said,
"but you can't take your dog in
side." "How absurd!" protested the wo
man. "What harm could the pic
tures do to a tiny dog like this?"
An aggressive young woman was
scolding the bus conductor for
treading on her toe.
When the battle had died down
he asked her for her fare.
"Single?" he inquired.
"H'm! I'm not surprised."
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