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HEPPNER GAZETTE TIMES,
HEPPNER, OREGON, THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 1928.
Stewart Edward White
Illustrations by Hsmiy Jay Le
Ougrrht Btwr tdward White
Publisher Autooartor Service
WHO'S WHO IN THE BTOKYi
GRIMSTEAD, capitalist, ia stranded
by the breking down of his ear on a
camornta mountain Bide.
BURTON GHIMSTEAD. his charmlnir.
If "spoiled" daunhter, is with him. She is
not overly pleased when she finds that her
father had insisted on her coming in order
that she may be thrown in with
' KOSS GARDINER, her father's second-in-command,
a capable young; man, whom
However, sne does not Jike.
SIMMINS, their English butler-chauffeur,
is sent after help and returns with
LAWRENCE DAVENPORT, a young
leiiow in a luaicrous nome-Duut car with
a battery that is shown to be a marvellous
Invention, producing by some mysterious
agency, from the air, the electricity by
' which the car runs. His winning a $10,000
bet from Gardiner by correctly predicting
a rain storm, ana the revelation (to her
alone) that he is "the" Lawrence Daven
port, a famous writer, make him vastly
interesting to Miss Burton Grimstead.
"The royalty idea appeals to me,"
answered Davenport, "for I certain
ly do not want to get mixed up in
affairs unless I have to. But I do
feel responsibility in turning a thing
like this loose without trying to do
"You'll find the business part of
it in pretty competent hands," Grlm
Btead assured him.
"I do not doubt that for a mo
ment," said Davenport "I shouldn't
have a moment's uneasiness on that
score. I'm thinking of the world at
"World at large?" repeated' Grim
stead, a little blankly.
"Yes. You, of course, have not
thought of this as much as I have,
for it is a new proposition. But I've
been pondering on it for a very
long while. It's the terrific upset
in industry that must come from
. "Of course there will be readjust
ments," agreed Grimstead.
"But just stop to follow this out
Let's suppose, for the sake of argu
ment, that this battery is all It
might be; that it is a genuine short
cut to unlimited power. The gas and
electric companies would simply
have to go out of business. Why
should anybody buy anything of
them? Reaching out from that
think of the correlated Industries
that would be more or less affec
ted" "I've got that kind of Imagination,
young man," Interrupted Grimstead
drily. "I'd already considered all
"Of course," smiled Davenport re
lapsing from his tense eagerness.
"And then besides there are hun
dreds of thousand of workmen who
would be thrown out of employment
for a time until a readjustment had
"Why, it sounds terrible!" cried
"That's why I say there's a re
sponsibility connected with It All
this capital and these works of vari
ous kinds and these workmen will
And other and probably more ulti
mately useful things to do after a
time. It shouldn't be sprung on
them all at once."
"What would be your sugges
tion?" asked Grimstead.
Davenport laughed boyishly.
: "My goodness! That's a large
order! But I suppose it might be
fed out through a single Industry at
first say, motorboat engines, or
something of that kind. If we held
the patents, we could regulate that
"Then you finally prefer the stock
"I guess it's what I ought to
have," said Davenport
"Very well," returned Grimstead,
"Gardiner, get your notebook and
Gardiner had risen from the post
of private secretary and so took
"Draw me up a proper contract
embodying these points," Grimstead
instructed him. "Patents In name of
Universal Power Corporation. Capi
tal stock 100,000 shares, no pair val
ue, non-assessable. Forty per cent
to Mr. Davenport Sixty to me. I to
furnish all working capital. Manu
facture to commence within three
months. One hundred thousand dol
lars to be paid Mr. Davenport as
bonus cash payment on the con
clusion of the first 1000 bona fide
sales. That satisfactory as far as It
The attentive youth nodded.
: "All right. Now just to cover the
point you brought up, add this:
That for the first five years Mr.
Davenport is to have the veto right
as to any contemplated extensions
of business. That suit you, Daven
port?" ; "That's fine!" cried the young
Gardiner disappeared with a
flashlight In the direction of the car,
to return after a few moments,
carrying a portable typewriter.
Grimstead met him Just at the cir
cle of firelight
"No shenanigan about this, Ross,"
he warned In a low voice. "I want
this contract drawn absolutely fair
ly, so that any lawyer he may con
sult will approve It I don't want a
chance for an objection once we
leave this place."
"I understand that part of It,
."He's one of those llly-whltes,"
crowled Grimstead. "I've got him
located now. Full of uplift and shy
of horse sense. I know 'em; and
they've got to be handled. He's
cuckoo on the scrvlce-to-humanity
stuff. The chances are that he
won't sign any contract without
seeing a lawyer. So draw up a
subsidiary agreement on his part
to sign the contract provided his
lawyer get his name pronounces
It technically correct We'll get him
to sign that anyway; and that will
tie him up."
It was near 10 o'clock before the
little typewriter ceased clicking, and
about 11 when Davenport affixed
his signature to the agreement to
sign. As Grimstead had foreseen,
he did not want to sign the con-
ract Itself without expert advice as
to its form ; but being satisfied with
its substance, he was willing 10
agree to that
"Water, lemons, sugar!" Grim
stead. then called to Slmmins, and
set out on the ground before him
four tumblers, pouring Into each a
generous measure from a bottle.
The drinks mixed, Slmmins hand
ed one to each. Grimstead arose.
"Here's to the Universal Power
Corporation!" he proposed.
They drank. Larry saw the toll-
driven millions and the lifting of
yet another of the great pressures
of life. Burton saw confusedly an
angel with, a flaming sword some
how reopening by a crack the gates
of Eden. Gardiner contemplated a
vision of great activity and great
wealth. Grimstead was smiling.
What he saw the great Invisible
intelligences too were perceiving
through the lenses of his soul. They
did not smile.
They did not smile.
"Go to the Ant"
The next morning a corduroy
road across he meadow was made
and a road around the fallen red
wood was begun.
Then Grimstead decided to go
fishing and received some informa
tion from Davenport about the
lurking places of rainbow trout
'There's one thing; be sure you
get the most northerly swale," con
cluded Larry. "The country star
fishes up there, and if you get to
following the wrong canyon you'll
"You better come along, Ross,"
said Grimstead. "Go get your
Gardiner disappeared in the di
rection of the car, and was gone so
long that Grlmstear became fidg
ety. Gardiner seemed to have a
great deal of tackle to rig and
clothes to put on.
'Here, called Grimstead at last
"I'm going to make a start You
follow along when you get ready.
I'll strike the stream and fish down,
and you keep going until you find
He tramped off sturdily, and 10
minutes later, after vexatious de
lays having to do with leaders and
the disentangling thereof, Gardiner
followed. Simmlns approached.
"There would seem to be no oc
casion for my further i presence,
sir?" he suggested, indicating with
turn of the head the direction
of the patiently laboring self-starter.
"We seem to be safe for the pre
sent" agreed Davenport "Why?
What's on your mind?"
"I thought I would like to try
my luck, sir."
"Sure. Go to It! Better go down
In five minutes Simmlns depart
ed blissfully. Already he had a
complete drama in cold storage
having to do with his return at
eventide carrying a long string of
shining beauties to find that Grim
stead and Gardiner, for all their
fancy tackle, had succeeded in land
ing only four, and they rather small.
Plunketty-Snlwles and Rapscall
ion followed Simmins.
Burton, coming from her tent a
few minutes later, found Larry
smoking his pipe alone.
"Deserted. Everybody. Even the
dogs," he answered her inquiry.
Like to go walking?"
"Surely!" she cried eagerly.
They headed straight up the
stream, coming at length to a nar
now gorge at the entrance to which
stood detached a fragment of rock.
big as a summer cottage, square
as a cube of sugar. A jagged heap
of talus and debris gave a rather
rough passage to the top.
'Pretty scrambly," said Daven
port "Think you can make it?"
She scorned reply, but began at
once to scramble up over the jag
ged talus. Davenport watched the
poise of her light and graceful fig
ure for a moment then followed.
The top of the rock was perfectly
flat but at two elevations, one two
feet higher than the other. It was
carpeted deep with moss.
"Hop down," adwsed Larry, him
self descending to the lower of the
two elevations. Now sit down and
lean your back. Can you beat this?"
The natural seat thus formed and
cushioned commanded to the right
a view up the stream which ai
this point ran straight and wide for
some distance. Birds flitted and
midges hovered In the sun.
"I want to know more about these
gifts of yours," demanded Burton
after a time. "I want to know how
you knew, so accurately about the
"I don't know very clearly my
self," Larry answered. "I've never
tried to express it"
He hesitated; seeking for an ope
"Did you ever read Maeterlinck's
'Life of the Bee'?" he Inquired. "Or
any of Fabre's Insect books?"
"I've read the 'Bee' and one of
Fabre's the one where the Emper
or moth "
"Yes, I know. Well, that gives
us a start Now bees, and espec
ially ants, have what you might
call a co-operative government that
Is as complicated and a lot more
Intelligent and efficient than any hu
man government You would hard
ly go so far as to say that an ant
is an Intelligent cerature; that he,
or any of his ancestors or fellows,
hag a brain that could think out
and put in operation a system of
government Yet he acts with a
heap more intelligence than mort
men do on the average. How
"I don't know."
"Neither do I; but I surmise. Sup
pose for the sake of argument that
In the void all about and through
us is a saturate solution of all pos
sible knowledge and wisdom. The
things we call living creatures live
in this; it is all around us; but we
are more or less cut off from It by
the fact that we are Individual and
imperfect beings. We are in shells,
let us say; particular wisdom or
knowledge gets to us only through
special cracks. A perfect being
would have a point of contact for
every possible knowledge or wis
dom. But In our finite world every
individual, whether it is a rock or a
tree or an ant is so built that he
can come in contact only with the
particular little piece of wisdom or
Intelligence from the great store
that he needs In his business. All
the rest of the points of contact
are blocked off by his individual
structure. Thus within his limits
he has perfect knowledge. It's the
same all through nature. How do
you suppose quail know ahead of
time whether the season is to be
dry or wet and breed accordingly?
The more you think of it the more
Instances you -will perceive."
Barton Finds It Curious.
"That is the most interesting
thing I ever heard!" breathed Bur
ton. "And It sounds so reasonable!
But you know we started to talk
about you, not about quails and
ants. I believe you are a crafty
"We're headed toward me. If
things were all working along the
way they should, man would have
this same access to universal wis
dom that the lower creatures have.
As respects all the things he would
normally run against in his every
day normal life he would see, or
feel perceive is a better word the
causes and effects and results; be
cause the stream of life would flow
through him by certain channels
turning certain wheels."
That's what you do!" she cried
excitedly. "I see!"
In a very small and practical
way; a little more than the aver
age. People have just about lost
that power. They have little rem
nants of it You've heard of 'pre
monitions' that have worked out;
or a 'feeling that some one was in
the room; or experienced some one
of the numerous 'coincidences,' such
as receiving a letter right on top
of some especial thought of the
person who wrote it You may
have had dreams that came true."
"Yes," she cried, "what about it?"
"You probably thought of all as
"uncanny." It wasn't uncanny at
all. Simply old, choked, channels
letting through a trickle."
She pondered this a moment her
brows puckered prettily.
"Is it our fault this choking?"
she asked. "How did it happen?"
I don t know, of course; but I
surmise," he repeated. "It Is the
intervention of mind, of Intellect
Man's intelligence is a fine tool, and
complicated. But it was supposed
to be only a tool or the purpose
of examining and making practical
what came to it by direct channel.
Mankind got so tickled with it that
he began to run all his affairs by
it alone. That blocked the channel.
The mind took control, instead of
playing with a fresh supply on first
hand well, call it inspiration; that's
what it is we make over and re
fashion old stuff. If it weren't for
the fact that some people's chan
nels are not completely blocked, so
that a kind of trickle does get thru;
and if it weren't fot an occasional
crazy genius who busts out we'd
tie ourselves up in our minds and
dry up and blow away."
"Then," she summed up slowly,
"you could tell about the rain and
the tree falling, because this cur
rent flowed through you?"
"That's roughly It"
"How do you do It?"
"It's hard to say. I set my mind
aside and then take what comes to
me. I turn my1 attention to the
type of thing that is useful for me
"Do you think everybody ought
to have this power?"
"Yes; it belongs normally in the
"Could I do it with practice?"
"I'm certain of it"
"Oh!" she cried. . "I want to try!
How do you start?"
"This is no conjuring trick to be
learned; it's a good healthy faculty
to be developed. You've got to re
lax something inside of you that
you hold tight together for every
day life something in your con
sciousness. Then things just float
in and you leave them alone for
"I'm going to begin now,' she
She laid aside her hat, and the
cool air current was stirring the
hair at her temples. Little by little
her form fell into the simple, rest
ful curves of relaxation; one by one
even the smaller muscles relinquish
ed their guard. Her face took on
the dreamy and far-away peaceful
ness of a sleeping child's.
Thus 15 minutes passed. Then
she stirred slightly.
"Well?" asked Davenport at last
"It was certainly very curious,"
she confessed. "I can't make it
He hesitated, and the sunburn on
his cheeks seemed to deepen
"Are we going to waste time?"
he asked gently.
She did not reply. After waiting
a moment he reached out and took
"You did see," Davenport went
On. "You saw what I saw yester
day when we were In the old or
chard, what I have felt from the
very first instant I saw you stand
ing in the - firelight beautiful as
She turned on him troubled eyes.
"I don't know why I talk and act
this way. It seems almost shame
less. I do not understand it. But
somehow I cannot hide and dodge
and retreat and flirt as I It is im
possible. I do not know what it is
that has come to me, Larry, and
you must wait until I find out I
have been made love to before and
from the first I have been attract
ed to you. Just now when I tried
to set my mind aside, as you call
it just one idea, one impression,
came to me, and that was of near
ness to you I don't mean physical
nearness I don't know what 1
mean or what I'm talking about "
"I do," he assured her.
"I am shaken, and I don't know;
I can't tell what It means."
'It is the answer to my love for
you!" he breathed.
She turned her clear eyes on him
I do not know," she repeated,
"and I must know. I might allow
you to keep my hand and to and
to go on, and there is something
leaping within me that tells me I
would be swept away by your love.
But I must not; and you muBt not
If it were not so serious to me, that
might happen. I am talking in
what my mother would have called
a most unmaidenly manner," she
ended with a wistful little smile.
He gently restored her hand to
'I understand," said he. "But it
will come. I am on air! It can no
more help coming than the poppy
can help unfolding in the sun."
I hope not," she breathed, hut
so iow that he did not catch he
At this moment just when some
obvious change of subject seemed
most desirable, Grimstead appear
ed wading down the middle of the
Keep quiet!" Burton adjured
Larry. "Let's surprise him!"
The fisherman was having a fine
time, splashing down the long
straight vista, casting his fly right
left and straight ahead as he ad
vanced. Larry watched him criti
cally for a few moments.
"He knows the job " he told Bur
ton. "Did you see him make that
Sip cast to the pool behind the
(Continued Next Week.)
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