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:7! : i!ii I i THE WOODVILLE REPUBLICAN. W0ODVILLE, MISSISSIPPI ree Men and aMaid By P. q. WODEHOUSE | Copyright by GeOl H. Doran Co ..... " A MERCIFUL ESCAPE :Mrs Horace Hignett, world- famous writer on theosophy, au- thor of "The Spreading Light," etc., etc., arrives In New York on a lecturing tour, Eustace, her son, is with her. rindlcs, ances- tral home of the Hlgnetts is his, so her life is largely devoted to keeping him unmarried. Enter her nephew, Sam, son of Sir Mal- lab)- Marlowe, the eminent Lon- don lawyer. It is arranged that and Eustace shall sail to- her on the Atlantic the next Enter Bream Mortimer, American, son of a friend of an insufferable American named Bennett, who has been pestering Mrs. Hlgnett to lease Wlndles. Bream informs her that 1Wil- helm(us Bennett is waiting for Eustaee at the Little Church Round the Corner. Bream him- self is in love with Wllhelmina. Mrs. Htgnett marches off to Eus- tape's room. The scene shifts to the Atlantic at her pier. Sam, heading for the gangplank, meets a glorious, red-headed girl with whom he instantly falls in love, though her dog bites him Eus- tee upnears, heart-broken. It appears tLt his mother had "pinched his trousers" and de- layed the ceremony, whereupon Wtlhslmina had declared the wed- ding off. Sam is pushed over- board, has a desperate struggle In the water with another swim- mer and rejoins the Atlantic at quarantine. The red-headed girl Is Wtihelmlna Bennett"Billie.' She hails Sam as a hero and in- troduces Bream. Eustace, a poor Sailor, keeps to-his berth. He doesn't know Blllle is on board., Sam makes warm love. Re pro- poses and is accepted. Sam plans to $1tlg in the ship's concert.and forces Eustaee to promise to be hm accompanist. Sam blacks up and is made ridiculous. Eustsce is eonsoted by Jane Hubbard, friend of Btllie. Sam and Billte quarrel. CHAPTER Vl I---Contirmed. "You have made everything perfect- y clear." "I hope---I hope you won't be un- happy." "Unhappy'" Sam produced a stran- gled noise from his larynx, like tile cry of a shrimp in pain. "Unimppy! I'm not unha[py! Whatever gave you that Ides? I'm smiling! I'm laughing! I feel I've had a merciful escape." "It's very unkind and rude of you to say that." "It reminds me of a moving picture I saw in New York. It was called, 'Saved From the Scaffold.' " "Oh !" "I'm not unhappy. What have I got to be unhappy about? Wlmt on earth does any man want to get married for? I don't . . . Give me my gay bachelor life! My uncle Charlie used--to say, 'It's better luck to get married than it is to be kicked in the head by a mule.' But he was an optimist. Good-night, Miss Bennett. And good-by--flrever." He turned on his heel and strode across the deck. From a white heaven tlle moon still shone benignantly down, mocking him. He had spoken bravely; the most captions critic could not but have admitted that he had made a good exit. But already his heart was actling. AS he drew near to his stateroom, he was amazed and disgustel to hear a high tenor voice raised in song pro- ceeding from behind the closed door. I fee-er haw taw in shee-lning arr-mor,. Though his lance be sharrrp and-er keen; But I fee-e(, I fee-er the glah-mor Therough "thy der-rooping lashes seen: I fee-er, I fee-er the gtah-mor . . . Sam flung open the door wrathfully. That Eustaee Hl_gnett should be alive was bad--he had pictured him hurling himself overboard and bobblng about, a pleasing sight, In the wake of the vessel; that he should be singing was an outrage. Remorse. Sam thought, "Can't they? Let me tell you that as a result of that concert my engagement is broken off." Eustace sprang forward with out- stretched hand. "Not really? How splendid ! Accept my congratulations! This is the finest thing tlmt could possibly have hap- per-ed. These tire not idle words. As one who ha been engaged to the girl himself I spek feelingly. You are well out of it, Sam." Sam thrust aside his hand. Had it been his neck he might have clutched it eagerly, but lie drew the line at shaking hands with Eustace Hignett. "My heart is broken/' he said with dignity. "That feeling will pass, givlng way to one of devout thankfulness. I know I I've been there. AtXer all .... Wil- hehnlna Bennett . . . what is she? A rag and a bone and a hank of hair." "She is nothing of the kind," said Sam, revolted. "Pardon ale," said Eustace firmly, "I speak as an expert. I k'how her and I repeat, she Is a rag and a bone and a hank of hair !" - "She is the only girl in the world, and owing to your idiotic behavior I have lost ber." "You speak of the only girl in the world,",said Eustace blithely. "If you want to hear about the only girl In the world, I will tell you. A week ago I was in the Subway in New York .... " "I'm going to bed," said Sam brusque- ly. "All right. I'll tell you while you're undressing." "I don't want to listen." "A week ago," said Eustace Hlgnett, "I will ask you to picture me seated, lifter some difficulty, in a New York subway; I got into conversation with a girl with an elephant gun." Sam revised his private commination ---9-- should have stricken Eustace Hlgnett "Well, what can you-do When your dinah. Instead of which, here he was plazflst runs out on you?" comporting himself like a blasted lin- "You could have done something, q[ net. It was all wrong. The man could can't forgive a man for looking ridieu- have no eonsclenee whatever. lmm Oh, wlmt, what," she cried, "in- "Well," he said, sternly, "so there duced you to try to give an imitation you are!" of Bert Williams?" Eustace tIignett looked up brightly, Sam started, stung to the quick, even beamingly. In the brief interval "It wasn't Bert Williams. It was which had elapsed since Sam had seen Frank Tlnneyl" him last an exnaordinary transforma- "Well, how was I to know?" tlon had taken place in this young man. $t , ,, .- , I did my best, n said Sam sullenly. His wan look had disappeared. His :: is the awful thought, eyes were bright, tits face wore that for your sake." beastly self-satisfied smirk which you It gives me a horrible see in pictures advertising certain zse or guilt. ' She shuddered again, makes of fine-mesh underwear. If Then suddenly, with the nervous Eustace Hlgnett had been a full-page quickness of a woman unstrung, drawing in a magazine with "My dear thrust a small black golllwog into his fellow, I ahvays wear Sigsbee's SuI)er- and explained its mechanism. hand. fine Featherweight !" printed under- "Take it !" neath "him, he could not have looked "What's this?" more pleased With himself. "You bought it for me yesterday at "Hullo!" he said "I was wondering th barber's shop. It is the only pres- where you had g to." eat that you have given me. Take it "Never mind," said Sam coldly, back_." "where I had got to! Where did you "I don't want it. I shouldn't know .get to, and why? You poor, miserable to do with it." worm," he went on In a burst of gen- must take It," she said In a erous indlgnathm, "what have you to "It is a symbol." say for yourself? What do you mean by dashing away like that and killing of our broken love.'" my little enteffainment ?" how you make that out. "Awfully sorry, old man. I hadn't foreseen the cigar I was bearing up Y0 now." tolerably well till I began to sniff the smoke. Then everything seemed to go Don't be blackI don't mean you, of course, : -. You were black already--and I got the "Oh, gO O have a dash at it," he feeling that I simply must get on deck Said ragingiy, though his heart and drown myself." Waa sinklpg. . sWell, why didn't you?" demanded o-She shook her head. Sam, with a-strong sense of injury. "I might have forgiven you then. But to come down here and find _you singing t A soft light came into Eustace Hlg- netta eyes. "I.want tOell you all about that," he ,Nc I couldn't." - : hang it all I" couldn't. I'm a strange girl., ." darned silly girl , . , don't see what right you haw to that," s flared. said. "It's the most astonishing story. see what rlgbt you have to A miracle" you might almost call lt. C ' an t marry me and try to Makes you believe in Fate and all that Up with gltlw0gs," he-retort . sort of thing. A week ago I was on the ed with equal heat. Subway in New- York . . ." He broke off while Sam cursed him, the Subway and the city of New York, in the order named. "My dear chap, what IS the matter?" "What is the matter ? Ha !"- "Something is the matter," persisted "Oh, can't you understand?" "No, rm dashed ff I can." She looked at him despondently. "When I'said I would marry you, yo were a hero to me. You stood to for everything that was noble and I had only to Eustace Hignett. 'q can tell It by your manner. Something has happened to disturb and upset you. I know you so well that I cnn pierce the mask. What Is it? Tell me" "Ha, ha !" "You surely can't still be brooding on that concert business? Why, that's all over. I take iS that after my depar- ture you made the most colossal ass of yourself, hut why let that worry you? These tldngs cannot affect one perma- nently." on service in order to include the elephant the Blngley esplanade is several de- gun. grees more depressing than the asphalt "She was my soul-mate'" proceeded on other esplanades. The Swiss wait- Eustace with quiet determination. "Iers at the Hotel Magulficent, where Sam was stopping, are In a class of bungling incompetence by themselves, the envy and despair of all the other Swiss waiters at all the other Hotels Magnificent along the coast. For dreariness of aspect Blngley-on-the-Sea stands alone. The very waves that break on the shingle seem to creep up the beach reluctantly, as if it revolted them to conle to such a place. Why, then, was Sam Marlowe visiting Lthls ozone-swept Ghenna ? Why, with all the rest of England at his disposal, had he chosen to spend a week at breezy, blighted Bingley? You can Simply because he had been dlsap- Imagine how she soothed my aching pointed in love. He had sought relief by slinking off alone to the most be- heart. My heart, if you recollect, was nighted spot he knew, in the same aching at that moment--quite unnecea- sial(it as other men in similar circum- sarily [f I had only known--because it was only a couple of clays since my en- stances had gone off to the Rockies to gagement to Wililehnina Bennett had shoot grizzly bears. didn't know it at the time, but she was. She had grave brown eyes. a wonderful personality, and this elephant gun. She was bringing the gnu away from the downtown place where she had taken It to be mended." "Did she shoot you with it?" "Shoot me? What do you mean? Why, no !" "The girl must have been afoolP' said Sam bitterly. "The chance of a Iifetlme nnd abe missed it. Where are my pajamas?" "l naven't seen your pajamas. She talked to me about tills eleptlant gun, been broken off. Well, we parted at 'ixty-slxth street and, strange as It may seem, I forgot all about her." "Do it again !" "Tell it again?" "Good heavens, no ! Forget all about her again." "Nothing," said 'Eustace Hignett gravely, "could make me do that. Our souls have blended, Our beings have been called to one another from their deepest depths, saying .... There are your pajamas, over in the corner. . . saying, 'You are mine !' How could I forget her after that? Well, as I was saying, we parted. Little did I know that she was sailing on this very boat ! But Just now she came to me as I Writhed on deck .... " "Did y;ou writhe?" asked Sam with a flicker of moody Interest. "I certainly did.  'l'hat's good !" "BUt not for long." "That's bad." "She came to me and healed me. Sam, that girl Is an angel." "Switch off the light when you've fin- ished," "She seemed to understand without a word how I was feeling. There are some situations which do not need words. She went away and returned with a mixture of some kind in a glass. "I don't know what It was. It had Worcester sauce in It. She put it to my lips. She made me drink It. She said It was what her father always used in Africa for bullocalyes with the staggers. Well, believe ale or believe me not .... Are you asleep?" "Yes." "Believe me or believe me not, in under two minutes l was not nlerelv freed from the nausea.cqused by yot[r cigar; I was smoking, myself! I was walking the deck with her without the :,X,:,X,',X,:.X.:.X.:.X,'.Xg*X,'.X,:. X',"X',"X':" X'XoX4oX-X,:,X*X,:,X.:oX,:-X-,%XX,:,XX brave and wonderful. eyes to conjure up the picture t you dived off the rail taf,t Now"--her voice trembled es nowI can only see. I man with a hideous black face niak- ,  himself the laughing stock of the Ship How can I marry you, tmunted picture?" good leavens, you talk as If I habit of blacking up! You talk as if you expected me to come to the altar smothered In burnt cork." = "I shall always think of you as l saw ] at him sadly. "There's black still on ),our left ear." to lake her hand. But she tie fell back as if struck. Language for he Home Use - "So this Is the end," he muttered. Japanese Interpreter Emlghtens Amerl. "., It's partly on your ear and partly on:our cheek, can Who Made a Grave "So this lathe ad." he repeated. Mistake. .:-=" "YOu trod better go below and ask , The women of Japan trove not yet attained s ry "hlgl position In sc clety. Tile Laml of the Rising Sun is u alan's country; there is no doubt about that. There is scale agitation, sporadic, about equal rights for women, wolnen suffrage and all that your steward to give you some more butter." He laughed bitterly. "Well I might "have expected It. I ze known what would happen ! walqled me. Eustace was right He knows wolnen-as I "donna-san" does not register a com- plaint, nothing else matters. An Anlerlean living in Tokyo was bracticlng his Japanese on an Inter- preter In his office one morning He was 2Lolling along smoothly, he b tleved, on tile rough sea of the Japa- nese language, widen the Interpreter halted hlm. "You must never rose that expra. sion" he sold, quoting the words the foreigner had used. "No? Why not?" "It Is not good Japanese." the Japa- nese replied gravely, "'you must never use that expression except when you are talking to an Inferior. such as a servant or your wife." As Long as the Money LaatL " "She'll probably get tired of him be. fore the yer's out." "Oh, I wiil slightest qualm. I was even ablb to look over the side from time to time and comment on the beauty of the moon on the water .... I have said some mordant things about women since I came on b(mrd this BOat. I withdraw them un- reservedly. They still apply to girls like Wilhelmtna Bennett, but I have ceased to include the whole sex in my remarks. Jane tlubbard has restored my faith In woman. Sam! Sam!" "What ?" "I Said that Jnne Hubbard had re- stored my faith In wonmn" "Oh, all right." Eustace Hlgnett finished undressing and got into bed. With a soft sndle on his face he switched off the light. There was a long silence, broken only by the distant purring of engines. At about twelve-thirty a voice came from the lower berth. "Sam !" "What is it now?" "There Is a sweet womanly strength about her, Sam. She was telling me she once killed a panther with a hat-pin." Sam groaned and tossed on his mat- tress. Silence fell again. "At least I think It was a panther," said Eustace Hignett, at a quarter past one. "Either a panther or a puma." CHAPTER VIII A week after the liner Atlantic had docked at SouthamptOn, Sam Marlowe might have been observed--and was ob- served by various of the resident.u---Mt- ting on a bench on the esplanade of that repellent watering-place" Bingey- on-the-Sea, in Sussex. All wtering- places on te south coast of England are blots on the landscape, but, though I am aware that by saying It I shall offend the civic pride of some of the others, none are so peculiarly foul as Blngiey-on-the-Sea. The asphalt now, Wmnen ! What mighty Ills have sort of thing, and oc(.asionally we read mot been done l)y women? Who won't u m)mewhat Inac(,urate article about |+frayed the what's-its-name? A worn- tle "nw woman In Japan. ' hut site -a! Who lost , . . lost . . his( . . stlll Im. a hmg way ten,go before she who--errand so on? A WOlaan , .  WHI be considered mnn's equal. So all Is over ! There ls nothing to be The man is the kingpin of tim houe- good-by?" hold In Jalmn; everything revolves around hlm. If "donna-san." the runs. Miss Bennett'" anything, out It "Irm plamwd solely to and lhe To a certain extent the experiment had prove(V successful. If the Hotel Magnificent had not "cured his agony. the service and the cooking there had at least done much to take his mind off It. His heart still ached, but he felt equal to going to London and seeing his father, whieh, of course, heought to have done lmmedtely upon his ar- rival In England. He rose from his bench and. going _back to the hotel to inquire about trains, observed a familiar figure in the lobby. Eustace Hlgnett was leaning over the counter, In conversation with the desk-clerk. "Hullo, Eustace I" said Sam. "Hullo, SamW said Eustoce. There was a brief fllence. The con- versational opening had been a little unfortunately chosen, for it reminded both men of a painful episode in their recent live& "What are you doing here," asked Eustace. "What are you doing here?" asked Sam. "I came to see you," said iustace, leding his cousin out of the lobby and onto the Ileak esplanade. A fine rain had begun to fall. and Bingley looked. ff possible" worse than ever. "I asked for you at your club, and they told me you had come down here." "'What did you want to ace me a bout ?" "'The fact is, Old man. I'm in a bit of a hole." "What's the matter?" "It's a rather long story," said Eus- tace deprecatingly. "Go ahead." "I don't know where to begin." "Have a dash at starting at the be- ginning." Eustace stared gloomily at a strand- ed crab on the beach below. The crab stared gloomily back. "Well, you remember my telling you about the girl I met on the boat?" "Jane Something?" "Jane Hubbard." said Eustace rev- erently. "Sam, l love that girl." "I know. You told me." "But I didn't tell her. I tried to muster up the nerve but we got to Southampton without my having clicked. What a dashed difficult thing a proposal is to bring off, isn't It? I didn't bring it off, and It began to16ok to me as though I was in the soup. An(! then she told me something which gave me an idea. She said the Ben- netts had Invited her to stay with them In the country when she got to Sedtion 00Devoted to Attractive Magazine Ma' 'i !?I THE WICKED VITCH NCE upon a time there was a wicked witch who lived in a cave In the forest because she did not like anyone and wanted to be all by her- self. She dld not like the birds, she dis- liked the animals, and if anything or anybody ventured near her cave she promptly changed them Into stones. After a while the cave was surrounded by little piles of stones. One day into the forest there wan- dered a little girl. When she saw this strange stony looking place In the midst of the great green trees she wondered who could live in such deso- lation; an,d, being curious, she went to the cave and looked in. "Ha, ha!" said the old witch. "So you have dared to come to my cave? You shall pay for this. A black kit- ten you shall be." And before the little girl could run away the old witch had chanted her song of enchantment and a little black kitten ran under the table. The very "wicked witch had long wanted a black cat, but only a pretty girl could be used on which to work = " i00700/1' "A Little Black Kitten Ymu 8hall Bed' the spell, and as none had come to the forest before the old witch had been eatless until now. The poor little black kltten learned many strange things about the magic arts In the time she lived with the wicked witch, but she had never 1 found the way to break the spell that held her in the form of a cat. One day while she was wandering about near the cave the black kitten heard the sound of a horse's feet and thenext thing she heard wa a cherry voice saying, "Hello. Kitty. How dld you wander into this place" Now at the time the very wicked Has Anyone Laughed At You Because RTHEL IL "" PEYSER You Are Short Over the Phone? Now short can mean two , things. Short can mean that you are curt and cross or that you are rapid and brief. If the latter you have a good deal of right on your side. There is a tremendous amount of time wasted talking over nothing on the phone. If the former---you never have a right to be Impo- lite. Probably If the phone com- pany didn't have so much nothingnesS, talked over its wires the ser Would be 100 per cent better. Do you remem- ber that during the war that tn the big centers the telephone i ,tc, cimnged the girl into a kitten she forgot to throw over her a spell It make her forget how to talk, and when the black kitten looked up and saw the handsome man and heard his kin( words she thought of what would happen when the witch saw hhn. "Go back!" she said, but she had hardly spoken when she saw the old witch coming through the forest. "It Is too late," said the black klt- ten. "Bat don't let her know I can speak. If I can I will save you." There was no time to say any more, for by now the wicked witch was chanting her magic song and in an- other minute the handsome man and his horse had become a pile of stones. The poor little black kitten was now in deeper trouble than ever, for she had fallen in love with the man --who had spoken the first kind words she had heard In many a long day and she wanted to save him. That night when the old witch held her wild witch dance she took her ket- tle and the black cat to the place where she had changed the man and horse into a pile Of stones, instead of dancing by the door of her cave as she nightly did. When all was ready and the fire was burnlng under her kettle the wicked witch began to sing and the black kitten, creeplng close to her, listened harder than ever to what she said When the wild dance was over she seemed to have forgotten the kitten and. standing before the pile of stones she had newly made, she said in a high pitched voice: A prince you never shall appear. Until these magic words YOU hear. Then the black kitten heard the witch saying softly to herself, "AI- debaron" Maldebaron, change" and again she began her wild dance. But the black kitten held the key to the magic art the witch had guard- ed and she began to chant the song that changed the poor victims into stone and slower and slower tim witch danced unl she fell a heap of stones upon the ground. Then, running to the stones that had been the horse and rider, the PeggT This I fttle liant representatiTe girl of toda bitious. Several went to New York stage, and soon Follies beauty. Her attracted the attentio ,ture producers. ha In a number of black kitten very magic words she had witch repeat and sprang the handSOme horse, while beside stood the black kittei blnshlng rl. Before she went prince the pretty the victims of the forms again. Before to the edge of had made her and told her she she would soon forget witch and all that forest. {, 1923. by 'Whais" N in a " MILDRED MARSHALL FACTS dxmt :ou rune; meaning; whence it w'm cent. your hck9 HILDA nluch used in false, where the 'F SPLENDID old Norse lineage Is tdur, became the ' Hilda. The chief of the Valkyrur Whltby, succeeding was Hildur and the names of Hild and Hillla were given to other war maidens. Hilda is said to signify "battle" hy a literal translation, which probably means "war-like spirit" under a broader interpretation. The Teutonlc world claims the name and lns3sts that It means "support," giving It to one of-their principal war maidens. The real origin seems diffi- cult to settle lPOn, but it Is generally conceded that Hilda and peace are not synonomous. For a time Hllda was one of the commonest terminations to feminine names In the Teutoulc world sod grad- ually the word came fo mean "maiden" and was used late(changeably. It was ** company asked you only to make  ealls that were "strictly neces- sary.'" In other-words, If Jen-  hie, who has Just left you, cabs  ) up to see how you are since she left-you 30 minutes ago, why  shouldn't you be brief. Then ag'aln YOU have your work to do  ,. and If you hang all day on the  wire Will your work "go hang"? $O Your get-away here is:  Briefness over the phone saves time for you and the other : fellow ald if they know you to : : be brief always, even if they laugh, they will not call you up : for footieh reasons. ( by MeClure Newspaper Syndicate  # %-.--... , :.:. .,...v.v.v.......,.......v.-...v.....v...v.-.-.....:...:. flection of a person as something par- .: :::: taking of his own physical and spirit- ii Why lii "a'=a'' = and "astral body" combined. The conditions which surrounded the life !i i OJ iii of primitive nmn must have rendered I!! Superstitions !ii ,n,=, serving that fac and Ignorant of the lii i real cause thereof primitive man con- cluded that the infant's soul was but }ii al/ I'I. [RI)|NG K|N q iii loosely fixed in the body which it had `.:;q:;:..q::....:v.v.v.......*.*..y......:..:...:.:...v.....;:: so recently come to occupy. Also the general helplessness of in(ants ! BAB AND THE LOOKING-LA$$ with respect to physical things led to i the conclusion that the young child THAT It Is bad luck to allow a was equally helpless In ghostly mat-! England. Old Mr. Bennett and his " hlld to look into a mirror before tersan easy prey to malign splr- pal Mortimer, Bream's father, were it Is a Year old IS a nuperstitlon cam- its. The many undreds of current trying to get a house somewhere which men all over the country. In some superstitions wlth regard to children they could share. Only so far they etlons ;t Is believed that It will which survive today from a remote hadn't managed to find the house they cause the child's death lefore it cam- past all prove thl Therefore a ten- wvnted. When I heard that, I said. plete Its first year and in other see- der infant braking Into a mirror runs 'Ha ' " lions the evils which will follow range the risk of having his "external oul all the way from svere illness to or astra! body" stolen frnm it or of "To Bream Mortimer. Billle trOuble In teething, losing It through lack of power to Thin superstitlov Is based on the draw it back into blmself, or at least Qot engaged to him yeetelay?, same idea as the many othrs whleb of having It "Imoooed  by some evil exisl with regard to mirrors--the ton- spirit. P of Of the re- (@ br leaving a reputation Though Clara de see it, a vision of be seen under ilgbt in the ammoulties been serpents prayer of the Around Whltby, popular elf of the holy woman The mother of Norwegian Hlldr, has confined pies of the splendid the romance of night sun ; the the Gothic races. names without tires. Coral Is the who bear the would have deep pink stone s the we rer to is supposed to vivid, accordingly as sassed by weakness It is also used blood from eler is the promiSe is the lucky day 3 the lucky Two Rugs Two silk $50,000 were stole Frank B. I arpe the family was out of the city. valuables were thieves, To pipe ( A Montana building a mountain in down copper mill A LINE 3y John UR And it win tf