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CHAPTER XX ---24-- Lettle on the Firing Line. Lettle's, plan was definite, but only Child would have formed it. Her suspicions were red-hot, but only a ehUd of ten-second Impulsiveness W, ld have acted upon them. There was a great deal of inflammable mate- ;rlalla her nature, and no one could ,tell what chance spark might set it The evidence that had recurred the stress of Mrs. Pen- was slight, even un- but her imagination had in- +veeted it with integrity. + From Mrs. Sanders' living-room !window she had caught the merest glimpse of man with a child In his ,trm, hurrsing ,, out of The Custprd :Chlp, Looking from lighted room to the deepening twilight, she had en neither clearly and had not t]mUght of recognizing the man or the But when she had found that was missing, she had Jumped * the congenial conclusion that she Frank Bosley carrying Thud Why Frank Bosley? Chiefly Le+r2@ dislike d him: dl'stras- and becuse la build he was the man she had seen. The Frank Bosley could have no interest in kidnaping a Cus- child, did not occur to dls- her conviction. True to the Ira- which was the keynote of she had Jumped to a con- was several blocks to the Eve- , but Lettie covered rapidly. There was no ligEt in but she rang the bell. decent," she thought to her- was sure that queer people and somehow she didn't to do anything so mild to a bell. Giving them was her way of dischar.g- duty. was no answer. Lettle set her proceeded to business. re," she thought stead- to have him." circled the two-story It had high basement. windQw toward the veant lot, but it was fastened. Immedlately she reflected that if she ,got into the basement; slle would robably want to get upstairs and find herself locked awasSfrom ma!n floor. She knew that tbe li]ely to be on the base- The windows on the first were all closed--except one on Other side from' the vacant lot. tim bathroom window. That few Inches. It was very so was Lettle. Mentally that window. upon her wide experience help her. In the back found an old box; In other she found other boxes. four of different slzes, every Inteatlon of returning No one knew better than Let- a piece of personal an old wooden box may be: spite of her acquisltlve ten- she had  Hgld respect for IllS. placed the boxes on end, by way them reach. Then through agility and with the help of once fastened a vine to she climbed within range of up the window thin body thr0i+ gh, downward with her wiry hands the sill, and touched her feet With the exuber- she felt that her Ate You De : was nearly accomplLsh'.-- her hands till ; then went Inky blackness. She tried a door, found it another, found it also The knob It ! co.to I Ing her money and putting the green bills Into different piles. There was wrapping paper on the table, a ball of cord, a stick of red wax. There was no child in the room. Having glanced around to make sure, Lettle tried to withdraw quietly, but the doorknob slipped In her hand. It clicked sharply. The woman, turned with a violent start, sprang up. "What are you doing hera?" she de- manded. hattie shivered at the sound of her voice. It was low but harsh, cold. as different as possible from Penzie's-- llke voices she had been accustomed to in those lean years before she came into The Custard Cup. With a Jerk the woman had covered her money wtth one of the papers. She turned on Lettie with eyes that glittered, threatened. Her face had a shut look. "I want to see Mr. Bosley," Lettie floundered. The woman gazed at her coldly. "Ain't nobody here by that name." "He comes here." "e don't, neither." "Yes, le loes,'; insisted Lettle des- perately. "I've seen him." "You haln't, neither." retorted the woman with vehemence. She came forward. "You get out -' She broke off in the midst of ber intensity and glanced back at the table, as if con- sldering how much tlle unwelcome visitor had seem "Howd you get in?" "Through the window. I wouldn't ha' done It if you'd answered the belL" "What did you come forT' "My little brother. Please let me have him--quick." The woman's brows drew together in a horrible scowl. "There ain't no- body here but me. I'm alone--and I been alone all the time, too. What do you mean, you little devil ?" She made a dlve at Lettie; then paused. It was evident that she could not make up her mind what to dowlth tlle lntmlder. F4nally she gripped the child's shoul- der, whirled her about, and forced her Into a chair. "You sit there." she hissed. "Don't you move. You're a lun'tic We'll have you put In a 'sy- 1urn." Lettle glared ateadlly back at her. The grip on her thin shoulder had con- vinced her that physical resistance was inadvisable, but she xas serene in the knowledge that she was not a lu- natic, "I want my little brother." she re- pester, with diplomatic calm. A tide of color surged Into the wom- an's face. She looked as If she were strangling. "Ain't nobody here," she snapped. A terrible fear clutched Lettie's heart. What if Tiled really were not here? She had been so blindly certain of his presence that she had not faced the opposite possibility. "Please--" "Shut up." The woman at down across from Lettie. They glared savagely at each The gas shot up at one_ side, sank again -lth a dismal gums,e7 Presently there was a sound outside --faint, momentary, llke a step. Let- tle's heart gave a hound of relief. But evidently it was not the sound that the woman had been waiting for. She sat straighter in her chair, in an attitude of alarmed listening. The sound came agalm The woman sprang up, turned off the gas, and went out quickly to- ward the front of the house. Instantly Lettie dashed the other way, through a door which she had previously decided must lead to the kltchem Groping her way around the wall, he opened u door into another room, and then one which opened Into space--the stall ay. She phmged recklessly down the dark stairs, her nerves keyed high by the fear of pursuit. The moaning was louder now. Thud was near; she knew It. Stumbling over rubbish, half falling before he could regain her footlffg, she made for the direction from which the moaning seemed to come. and encountered a rough wall. But there was a door. There was a key, It turned. As Lettie dashed into the room. she hear(] steps on the stairs. There was fmise everywhere---steps overhead. Things . were happening. Folks were after her. She must hurry. "Oh, I wanter go home," whimpered a small voice. '*i want Penzle." "Yes, darling---you shall have her," punted Lettie, bending over and un- tangling Thud from a ragged quilt. She could see nothing, bat her senses were sharpened by emergency. She could make out the window as a gray "1 Got Him, Panzle, j' She h,,,,.i. patch In the blackness, but there was not light enough from the street to shine in. She dragged Thad toward the window, unlocked and lifted it, pushed him through. Jut abe foUowed, sohebody stumbled Into the room, swooped down upon her. "Leggo!" screamed Lettle, in a panic, kicking and struggling. "Lego :" "Shut up, or I'll kill you," retorted a hoarse voice, scarcely more than a whisper. It was the woman. She had followed. She was trying to pre- vent. The next instant they were outside--- Tbad, Lettie, the woman. "Stop,-therel" shouted a voice. It was a man's voice, from th yard. "Stop, or I'll shoot. Stop I I'll shoot," It was the climax of terror for Let- tie. The command to, stop was the signal to rum She snatched Thad in- to her arms with a strength that had other., The shades were drawn down never before been" hers, and struck below the window-slll so that not a through the broken fence Into the ca- ray of light could penetrate outside, cant lot. The woman ran, too--4n a flight of hr own, although Lettle did not suspect It. . A shot rang PaL Another I A third ! Lettie bounded through the air, spurred on by the very things which should have stopped her. A hot tingling ran across her arm. Many voices behind her I Thd slipped out of her grasp. She pulled him by one hand. . . She must reach the ravine in the back of the lot. They could hide under the live-oak trees. 1--Princeton's new skating rink, a memorial to "tIoby" Baker, football star and victim of the war. 2--New navy Curtiss plane entere!l In the Pulitzer trophy race at St. Lucia. 3--King Boris of Bulgaria, combating a re- volt of communists and agrarians. NEWS REVIEW OF CURRENTEVENTS Governor Walton Wins a Blood- less Victory Over 0kla- homa Legislators. TROOPS PREVENT SESSION Germany SursndePing in the Ruhr, Bavaria Revolts and Establishes Dic. tatorshtp---War Minister Gessle Made Dictator of Entire Coun- try to Meet Crisis. By EDWARD W. PICKARD I['ROMWELL" WALTON and his troopers won a bloodless victory over the legislators of Oklahoma who wanted to assemble In special session for the purl)use of investigating what they term the mistakes and illegal ac- tions of the governor. Sixty-two mem- bers of th$ lower house attempted to convene In the state capitol Wednes- day, and were driven out by the mili- tary. They offered no resistance, but l at once prepared a petition to the Su-I ing the circumstances of the French / In the city of Ferdinand and the near- "and Belgian occupation, the proclama- t by village of Berkowitz where the corn- pied Germany became disorganized. It t is most seriously to be feared that iTTALY has evacuated Corfu accord- should the same line of actlon as . ing to promise, but first Premier hitherto be proceeded with, the crea- Mmsollnl compelled Greece to pay the tion of a regular currency, the main- "o(l00,0( lira indemnity for the tour. tenance of economic life, and existence" ders at Janina without waitlng for the itself would be impossible for our pep- apprehension of the assassins. On the pie. In tire interest of Germany's future, as In that of the Rhineland and the Ruhr, this danger must be removed. In order to preserve the Life of the people and the state we are .today faced with the dire necessity of relinqulshhtg the struggle. demand of Mussolini the cottacil of atbassadors ordered this payment. Lord Crewe, the British ambassador to France, held out as long as he could, but stood quite alone in the council. "It depends on the powers which ESIDENT PILIMO "RIVERA of the have invaded )ur territory and on their Spanish directorate and his able allies by adhering to this idea to give I assistants are putting into effect re- peace to Germany or to bring about l forms that bring joy to the people. by rejection of this peace all the cease- Thousands of graftlfig politiclmm aud quences which would ensue with re- superfluous office holders have been speet to the relations between peoples, dismissed; the cost of living has bee We Invite the German people to stand closely together In the days of dire moral and material strife which are to come. Only thus shall be frus- trated all projects-for dismemberment of the reich, and tile nation recover its honor, life and liberty, which is Its lmprescrlptible right." Supplementing this, the chancellor reduced and profiteers are being ma- ished; banditry Is being endei by court-martial and prompt execuO, an: syndicalism and Its terrorism .tmvt been abolished. It Is understood in Indon that the proposition to swap Gibraltar for, Ceuta is being seriously considered by both the British and Spanish govern- was no way by which the governor of Oklahoma could be removed except by appeal of citizens to federal courts or to congress. On Thursday tbe governor extended absolute martial law over Murray county some of whose cltlzena had asked for protection from the Ku Klux Klam He said martial law In the state would conthme "until the klan gangs and newspapers get off my back and give me a chance to clean up the courts and thf county from khm influ- ence." There wasn't a ghost of a show for the "rebel" legislators. They signed the call for the session and filed ,it with the secretary of state, and then proceeded toward the legislative cham- ber. There in front of the" doors was a line of National Guardsmen through which they could not penetrate. As- sured of a quorum, C. S. Brlce, speaker pro tern, directed the clerk to call the roll in the lobby, hnmedlately Colonel Key, in command of the troops, read Adjutant General Markham's order di- recting the members to disperse, and told the soldiers to start them mov- Ing and keep them moving until they were outside the capitol. The legis- lators later tried to meet In a hotel FOR SON rmnsas City Auto Freedom for His MUST SERVE Kansas C-ty. hind the grim, gray homa state penitentiary Freddie O'Nell knew he pay when he came to few days ago. But Freddie, notodeel thief d bad man, didn't For Freddie" what e'e wanted to see a little lea, chubby face he had not three years. Freddie, quarry of the continent since he %he McAlester penitentiary ary, was captured drink place of Harvey teenth street and the he was bartender. and A. W. Crnger, rleognlzed him there. Was Crafty AUte Freddie Is only houlderx are bent from ld transgression, weary . . . No one 'ould deam that a little girl was a prisoner In tills house, dark. deserted, for all that a passer-by could tell .... The room was close and fear. somely silent. The gas spurted up now and then with an angry sizzling. LetHe's frightened glance traveled around, the bare room, seeking for some means of outwitting the woman before her. Nothing occurred to her. Suddenly she heard a sound that was like a faint moan. It seemed to come from a distance. She heard it again, It might be In the basement. Agai n ! She was sure it was below her "Oh !" Lettle started to her feet. "*I hear him. It a Thud. Let na---'* The woman p s ed her back Into her seal 'You fool ! "ZMin*t:- notMng but cats." hattie struggled to free herl "It l& too. I know It's Thad. Lego! Leggo[ Darn It all, lego t" "Shut up. I got ways to keep yOtl still." Site seized tile child's arms xn twisted them back with a mvlft wrench. Lettie gasped; she turned faint with the pain. But when the rst agony had passed, she was filled with renewed defiance. It flashed lnta her mind that the woman was waiting for something. Lett!e wished It would come, Whatever it was, surely she could-- The moan Rrack her ears again, a" long wall of human suffering, the des. elation of a child that Is spent with crying. Lettte's fingers worked, but she held herself still Perhaps the oman would go to sleep after a Whlle Nobody uld stay awake alw#y& .. OHental Peoples Consider the Celored the fact that th# pea gerxlly ItS! CHINESE PREFER YELLOW PEARLS a hard Journey,+ home. Lttie wavered along the sidewalk; that wonderful strength had left her. She tried to carry Thud, but she could scarcely lift him,' to say uothing of carrying him in her arms. He dragged along beside her, tired from Ms storm of. sobbing, but growing nerveesiy exalted over his experience now that he had the assurance of safety. Lettle brought him at last to The Custar Cup. The big door. was closed, so she went aronnd the house and opened tla Mtcbe door, pushing Thud ill aheld of her. - "I gbt him, Pel she mumbled. '*i got him for vo I--" Her eye- lids fluttered; her body ewayed dizsily. She thrlw uP her arm--and plunged forward to the floc at  Penfleld's feet. (TO B COIHNUD.) tody. It must not be supposed that Walton and his Immediate supporters are tone In tl+elr fight against the "in- visible empire" in Oklahoma, When the governor called on the people of the state to be ready to Join the militia if they were needed to enforce his orders, It IS said 35,000 men vol- unteered for service. Most of the newspapers are against him because of what they consider his unwarranted assumption of dletatorial power& So far the national government has taken no part In the light, merely sending the warning that federal buildings could be used only for federal busi- ness. ERMANY mtt-rendered again last week, and thereupon two more dictatorships lprang up. Having re- ceived the assurance of support from the prentiers of all the.German states, President Ebert and Clmncellor Strese- mann announced that passive resist- me in the Ruhlt and lhe Rhineland was officially abandoned. First tacit- would oppose It with all the means in agricultural Its power. Preeldent Ebert then pro- claimed the existence of "extraordinary conditions" and appointed War Min- ister Otto Gassier military dictator giving him practically complete ex- ecutive powe' A decree was issued restricting sudh constitutional rights as freedom of the press and the right of assembly, and authorizing domi- ciliary searches and selznres" If the opportunity seems ripe, Von Kahr may be expected to restore the monarchy + In Bavaria with Crown Prince Ruprecht on the throne. In this he might be opp0aed by General Ludendorff, who is atp-German, and perhaps by Adolph HltUer, head of the Bavarian fascistL Of course the Communists are try- ing to take ad]a. +_ge of the mix-ffp but so far they'-inade little prog- ress. That they are receiving arms and other asld from the Russian soviet government has been proved by the export commission or corporstlon with broad powers. He does not suggest detaUL Mr. Wallace reiterates his opposition to government price fixing of any one crop, and ex- presses the opinion that while the buying and holdlag of a latge part of the surplus wheht might be of tern perary benefit such action also would make conditions worse unless produc- tion of the crop could be controlled. As part of the effort to attmulate ex- pu'ts of wheat ffeeretarT Wallace de- clares there should be a reduction ot at least 25 per cent in freight rate& and that the entire structure of freight rates should be analyzed. ENRY FORD has disappointed the South and many of those who have been booming him for d presi- dential nomlnatiom He seems to have lost Interest In his propoSal to take over the government's water power plants at Muscle Shoals, Ale., with a "He didn't knOW you, die?" asked Toyne. "Yes, he did. too ! knew me as soon as the yard from the car. all Hght. "It was worth sad more too." to JY (}'Neff declined lld was, "He's living S good borne." Oaught in rlld s short time s,o, night In tell at But the next leased and reco Recluze Who OwensborO, eluse, wh lived mete o of tl Berlin authorities. L,GARIA'S communist revolution kept on "revolutioning"Aast week. and at this writing the outcome of the struggle Is altogether uncertain. The latest reports said King Boris and Premier Zankoff had left Sofia, where fighting was going on, 8Jd that nearly 20.000 communists were a,lvancing on the capital from the north. Th war office announced that the decPslve bat- tle in the uprising was being fought view of developing a great industrial ted mdetde with center there His present apathy is l)boning frlds brought about by the fact that the government, compelled to act promptly In the matter of the Gorges steam plant down there, sold It to the Ala- bama Light and Power company. Mr. Ford had not come forward with any medlficatlon of his-original offer that would include the Gorges plant. Pres- Ident Coolidge believes the project should be as attractive to Mr. Ford as *Hinex left Do It ever was. and four they arrived nudo small ug root imd money ws small .xcl Prylag a mpdoor te o tin milk  Gem Supeelor to the White In elope to the edge of the shell and It Many Respects. Is feard that many fine pearls wmtld -- spoiled if the roceee of opellg Most 'persona have placed file loS- the shell with a knife were practiced. white pearl above all others" The Biak pearls are very much valued. however, together with other The famous necklace of black pearll peoples, prefer the yellow belonging to the late Empre lugenle believing that It preserves both was Bold for $25,00. longer than the wMte. Pink pearls are mh desired among Is said to owe its yellow the Buddhists. who e4n01oy them pro- betm fuely.in the adorning mP their tetple The Inhabitants of tlpnl ,are Said selves on : foreign mlasiomi "Perhaps that chiefs no native must discharge a guu masterpiece of philippics that Steven- within earshot of Vallima." says Mr. amoarm Ordeeed Not to Fire Gun son wrote to smash the traducers of Porrltt. "lest the blrdsthataing arOUnd Within Earshot of Robert Louis Father Damien was inspired by his poor R. I S.'s Ioneiw grave might be ttevenson,s Qrave. chance meeting with James Chalmers," writes Arthur Porritt, in "e Best I frightened and suspend their equlem." James Chalmers, ngiish Papuan' Remember. .... Detroit News" ndsslonary, who was killed and eaten: All the time he wan In Samoa Ste- by canulbal at Goarlbart, met Robert venon was the friend of the mission- Same Amnt of Material. t,0ul Stevenso- on a Faciflc steam- aries, and he tOok their view as to rhe Although the (mlt differ from one boat when fleeing to proper treatment of the native& h:-er in shin, samoa to  sis. an- taln !11 oe win of John ly at requested hiS am long  It Marle Herr yon Kahr is vested with pow-i mender of the squadron, in his testl- "No," the prisoner era to call trOops and use troops, at- mony before the naval court of in- "It wasn't that. I rest any one he chooses+ keep pris- quiry. He admitted that the east turn away as far as oners without trial and seize tbe prop- was made by his order, and that he cerued. I didn't arty of an)" one he declares an enemy i took no soundings. The commanding would l'eCogEdge me- of the nation. The ministerlal council I, officer of the Deiphy. which was lead-- come back here also issued orders placing the rail- ing the squadron, admitted the dis- make any difference" roads at the dictator's disposal, de- aster was due to an error of Judgment. Tells of LOVe claring all officials subordinate to his but thought a contributory cause was 2"hen Freddie will and, that 'his orders are higher the unusual northerly current near love for his law than the laws of the natlonal Ger- Point Argnello where a southerly cur- "All fhe time I man government. It was announced rent was to be expected, little face hovered -- '*It was awful! I that there was no appeal from his de- ECRETARY OP AGRICULTURE a dream L6 which he cisions. Stresemann at once called an ex-  WALLACE believes he has de- around my neck ad traordinary session of the cabinet In vised a way for the government to 'Daddy.' Berlin and it was decided that the ha- help the farmers. In a report to Pres- 'hat's what brouglbt tional government would not recog- ident Coolidge he recommends the as. lows," he mumbled,  nize the Bavartan dictatorship and, tablishment by the government of an with tears. Choptaw of the U. S. army, whose balk,on was wrecked by a bolt of lightning in Holland. The race was won by Douyter of Belgium, winner of last year's contest. ULL responsibility for the catas- trophe in which seven destroyert were lost on the Califor,.'ia coast and 23 members of the crews perished was assumed by Capt. E. FL Watson, corn- To Lieut. L It. eat of the motorcar O'Nell told his storY. tell all. Vell, 1Preddle," "you haven't told us you back to Kansas know you were bound ---underworld sooner or late. O'Nell hung his lent. "You Just couldn't you  the of Stresemam's policy and swiftly dis- credited lllm. It then named Gust ave! yon Kahr, former Bavarian premier, as dictator and decJared the German con- stitution set aside so far as Bavaria was concerned. Among the laws defin- Itely announced suspeuded are .all those guaranteein freedom of' speech, press, assembly, telephone, telegram, secrecy of mall, secrecy and sanctity of person, dwelling and property. Habeas corlus Is declared nonexistent.. room for conference and found It At last they got there. Lettie lie- guarded by gunmen who, the governor tened. No one was following--not admitted, were on the state pay roll even the woman. The first danger and working for hlm. was over. There were houses-near. Campbell Russell, former state ;he drew Thad close to her behind a officer, was afTested for circulating a tree. She must teat a minute. Her cartoon depicng Walton as a dictator, arm felt hot; It hurt: The sleeve was and newpaper photographers who wet. tried to get pictures of the scenes at 'heY started on again, but It was the capitol also were taken Into cue- told n gathering of newspaper men ments. preme court for a restraining order  that If France refused to show mercy prohibiting Adjutant General Mack- and made a second dictated peace, he ham from interfering with the sessions ! would as a last extreme break off all DISASTER and death attende the international balloon race for the of the legislature. They contended, relations with the allies and let come James Gordon Bennett trophy wMch that they already were legally in sea- i what will, even though the allies march started from Brussels, Belgium. The bile Little Faoe sion- Asked wlether he would pre-lUpon Berlin and occupy the whole of aeronauts ascended during a violent vent such action by the Supreme court, I Germany by military force. ]storm--the rules of the contest for- ed now, he is a Governor Walton said that wold de-, The first reaction to the surrender I pend on the advice of his lawyer=a, who came in Bavaria, theellter of monarch- blddingdozen of postponement---andthe balloons were dPtroyedhalf a yearsthe OneagoWhOas waSthe c number fourteen. He added that there ism. The ministerial +council of that by lightning and collisions. Flv of motorcar thief. state met. listened to Premier von+th e balloonists were MIled, lnm.ludng Knflllng's explanation of his support' Lleuts. R. C. Olmstead anl 3. W.