The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923, April 26, 1923, Image 6

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Lady Krytliea stared at her nephew
blankly. A curious expression enmo
Into her eyes. At lust alio seemed to
detect In Alexander the one tiling she
had believed wiih lacking the touch of
the original Adiiin. But Lord Seville's
face hardened.
"Youl" he Hald grimly. "You nlso
knew the truth? The action of the
others, I can understand. Hut a
Churchman cannot lend himself to such
n conspiracy as. this."
"Under correction, Lord Scroope,"
paid do .luasue gently; "a gentleman
cannot betray u woman's conlldenee
without her consent."
Lord Scroope winced perceptibly. He
turned to do Jussac and bowed.
"Am I receiving Instruction from a
layman?" he Inquired.
"It Is the last thing I would dare,"
replied Uertnind humbly. "It Is I who
seek Instruction. Does not the Church
respect the seal of the confessional?"
"I make no claim, and no excuses 1"
Haiti Alexander suddenly. "I have only
this to say. I loved Georgian Homers
from the day I saw her. When I
learned the renl position I loved her
more. Her loyalty and devotion only
Increased my esteem. Sho Is the only
woman living that I en re for; I require
you to remember that she Is my prom
ised wife. And nobody In this room,"
Paid Alexander hotly, "shall address
one word of reproach to her 1"
"Well done I" cried Almee. "Alexan
der, you're a man. I'm proud of you,
cousin 1"
"Thank you, Almee," said Alexander.
"It Is for me," said Lord Seroopo
Mcruly, "to apportion thu blame. Guor
glim Herners Is here under "
He was Interrupted by the volcanic
arrival of Hilly through the window,
panting and eager, the tuft of hair on
top of his head erect like the crest of
u cockatoo.
"I've been looking for you every
where 1" hu cried. "You"
"Go out!" said Lady Krythen fierce
ly. "Pardon nic," said Hilly, advancing";
"hut I guess my place Is here. What
ever blame Is, I take It. Lord Scroope,
1 know Hurt what I've done Is past
apology, but "
"Shut up, Hilly 1" exclaimed Almee.
"I've told them everything I've said
all there Is to say. And," she added,
under her breath, "for once I think I've
made a better hand of It than you
Hefore anyone could reply, Georglna
rose, sobbing, and made a dive for the
"Let nic go!" sho said brokenly. "I
want to go uwiiy. I want to go "
Hilly, glancing quickly from her to
Almee and Lord Scroope, turned and
llltted out again through the window.
No one noticed lilin. All eyes were on
Alexander Intervened but It was
Lady Krythen who, with an extraordi
narily determined movement, overtook
Georglna. 1'asstng a supporting arm
round the girl's waist, she turned and
faced the stupefied company.
"Let me remind you nil," said Lady
Krythea, In a voice that compelled
Hllence, "of one thing that Is In danger
of being overlooked. I am mlstres
hero nt Jervaulx 1 I have listened with
an unexampled patience. Hold your
tongue, Anthony! I have welcomed the
alliance of Georglna with this family,
and Alexander will have such a wife
as I mysi'if would have chosen for him.
Georglna, your only fault Is your ne
votlnit to tile mad creature there, and
for that I give you absolution. I re
quire direction from no one your mar
riage with my nephew shall take place
as soon as possible."
"Aunt!" exclaimed Mr. Lambe, Joy
ously, "1"
"Ho not Interrupt me, Alexander I"
Mild his aunt. She turned to Almee.
, "As for you'icontluued Lady Kry
thea, Icily, "I really find myself In your
debt. I can never be sullltiontly thank
ful that you did not come hero as my
guest, and that Alexander was spared
your authorized companionship! One
shudders to rolled on the possibilities.
"You appear to have enlisted the
services of everyone but mo to shield
your disreputable escapade, and to
have enrolled many simple-minded per
sons In your defense. You may have
deluded these men," said Lady Kry
thea. with a scornful wave of her hand
towards tho company, "but you do not
delude me! I tlnd in you no quullile.i
but selllsliness and deceit and I am
glad that your sojourn In my house has
been contlned to the servants' hall,
though I dread to think what your In
fluence may have been on my domes
tics, from whom I require honesty and
Almee, very white, suddenly broke
lut'o a flood of tears. Tho next moment
Lord Scroope had his arm around her
and held her to him.
"Not another word, Krythen!" ho
Bald sternly. "You have had provoca
tionbut you have said enough and
much more than enough. Gentlemen, I
thank you for what you havo done on
my daughter's behalf. And you, too,
Georglna. Come, Almee, little girl. Let
as go homo."
Ho led her away ; Almco clung to her
father, sobbing s she went. Hefore
they reached tho door It wao opened
quickly, u dm It ting Billy, who closed It
again. Over his arm was a long hood
ed driving cloak of Lady Krythea's,
ravished from the lobby.
"Put this on T bo said to Almee.
"Hilly," hIi gulped, darting nt It,
"you think of everything."
In a moment the cloak covered (he
parlor maid's iress and tho hood was
drawn over her cap. Lord Seroopo
stared in surprise nt DIMy.
I've told your cJiaufToiir, sir," snld
Hilly, "to bring the auto round to this
side I thought you would like to avoid
the front nnd tho servants."
As lie spoke thu big motor slid to a
standstill on the drive opposite the
"Mr. Spencer," snld Lord Scroope,
looking at him judglngly, "I include
you In my thiufts."
Mr. Spencer bowed and passed out
quickly through the window. Ho wus
holding tho door of the car open when
Stood to Attontlon.
Almee nnd her father got In.
snapped the door to, and, steppln
the front, spoke In nn undertone to the
"Keep right away through the park
here to the north gates," said Hilly,
pointing, "nnd drive like It 11."
The bishop's chauffeur gave n slight
start, and let In tho clutch.
"Hilly!" gasped Almee, turning to
ward him as the motor slid by.
Hilly stood to attention and gravely
touched the peak of his cap. Ho
watched the automobile disappear at a
most uneplseopnl pace down the back
When It was out of sight, Hilly
walked very slowly to bis quarters over
tliu garage.
Who's Who.
"We won't scold her any more to
day, Tony dear," said Lady Scroope,
with the daintiest note of pleading In
her voice, "will we?. This extremely
naughty child. She has had a rough
"Yes," said Lord Scroope, heavily,
"that Is what I fd, Dellcla. We we
must temper Justice with mercy."
Almee sat between her two stern
parents on the lounge In tho library at
Scroope Towers. A night's rest had not
restored the color to her cheeks. Her
eyelashes wero slightly wet. She
smiled faintly.
"You dear people," said Almee.
stealing a hand Into her mother's,
while the other clasped the long white
lingers of her sire, "you haven't scold
ed me at all. What you ought to do Is
to beat me. It's no use my trying to
tell you how sorry I am. There aren't
nny words for It."
"Almee dear," said Lady Scroope,
stroking her lialr, "try and look a little
less tragic. This Isn't like you. It's all
over now."
"Is It V" said Almee wistfully. "I am
glad, mummle. I've told you both the
story, all over and over. I've tried to
make It clear. It's a fearful tangle, I
know. You havo both been so sweet
about It."
"It Is finished," said Lord Scroope
gently. "I nm so devoutly thankful,
Almee, to llnd you have come safely
through the dangers which beset you
at Jervaulx what might have hap
pened appals mo to think of that It Is
Impossible to be harsh. And and It
distresses me to see you locking so un
happy. For the first time In your life.
I can never remember to have seen you
In such a mood."
Almee stood up.
"Tho tiling I wat to know," sho said,
plteously, "Is, what about Hilly? You
won't answer me. Mummle, you, 1 know,
will understand. If I lose Hilly, I don't
euro whether I live or die. That Is all."
Lord Seroopo passed his lingers
through his snowy hnlr. Almeo's
mother put nn una round her and led
her out of tho room.
"Go upstairs nnd rest for awhile,
Haby," said Lady Scroope, gently.
"You nro very tired, und thero has
been talk enough."
In a few minutes Lady Seroopo re
turned. "This," said her husband, sadly, "Is
the most distressing aspect of the
whole affair."
"I had a long talk with Almnj) this
morning," said Lady Scroope, "and It
Isn't u thing "we can dismiss lightly,
Tony. I know the child better than
you do." Sho reflected. "This Bll
this Mr. Spencer appears to bo rather
"If wo can trust Almcc's account,"
said Lord Scroope gloomily. "But n
young man picked up by tho wnysldc,"
ho ndded with h bewildered nlr. "My
dear Dellcla 1"
"Ho is not Kngllsh, Is ho?"
"American, I understand. It seems
curious," said Lord Scroope, pensively,
"but I believe he Is tho first American
I havo met."
Ills wife laid a small white hand on
his shoulder.
"Tony, darling," sho said laughing,
"you know very little of tho world, but
one thing nt least you know. You saw
this innn. Is he u geutlemuu?"
Lord Seroopo paused.
"Whatever else ho may not be, lit
is that."
"I rather gathered It from what I
heard of him."
"Hut Deliclu "
The butler entered with n enrd on a
tray. Lord Scroope Inspected tho card.
It bore the name "Hiram H. Klvlngton,"
which conveyed nothing to Lord
Seroopo Under It, In pencil, were tho
words, "About Mr. William Spencer."
"Is the bearer of this below?" asked
Lord Scroope.
"Yes, m lord. He wishes to see
your lordship urgently."
Lady Scroope glanced nt the card,
nnd suppressed her curiosity nobly.
"I shall leave you to receive this vis
itor, Tony," she snld. "I do not think
Almee ought to bo left nlono Just now."
Sho retired. A very lnrge, clean
shaven man with n rcctnngulnr Jaw
and thin, humorous lips, wns ushered
Into the library. Ho was attired In
roomy gray tweeds, his eye twinkled
faintly, nnd thero wns something com
pelling about his presence.
"Lord Scroope?" ho inquired, bowing
courteously. "It's very good of you to
receive n stranger. I thought that my
nephew, William Spencer, would be
here. He promised mo to arrive about
now. I guess It's something big Hint's
delayed him."
"Is Mr. Spencer your nephew?" said
Lord Seroopo guardedly.
"That Is so. You know him, I
"it Is hardly tho word. I know less
than nothing of him, Mr. Klvlngton."
"Correct. IIo feels, nnd so do I, that
u proper explanation Is due to you,
Lord Scroope. I don't know tho whole
story, but circumstances have Impelled
William, by no choice of his own, to
break into the society of Kastshlre
county In n way that would probably
be called unusual down here. He came
to London und consulted mo Inst night.
He was very much distressed which
Isn't usual witli him. It's only fair to
William that his credentials should ho
presented, nnd I think I'm the man to
do It. 1 should like, Lord Scroope, to
tell about Hilly."
Lord Scroope stiffened. Hut there
was an uncommon' dignity In Mr. HIv
lngton; there was nlso something re
markably likable about htm. lie ap
peared to have very strongly the Spen
cer glfi of attraction.
"Will you bo seated, Mr. Klvlngton.
I will give my attention to what you
have to say."
Mr. Klvlngton twinkled ngnln, then
became grave.
"I should have thought," he said,
subsiding gently into an old bergeio
oimlr, "that It was enough for anyone
to. meet William to size him up. How
ever, ho Is tho son of my only sister,
and of tho late Linden Spencer of Den
ver. Who was, on the whole, tho finest
man I ever know in the course of u life
that has been described as varied and
comprehensive. And Hilly Is ns good
as his father. 1 wish you had met Lin
den." 'I appreciate what you say," replied
Lord Scrope. "1 do not gather, how
ever, what Mr. Spencer's occupation
"He has developed himself as a mo
tor engineer."
"I know so little of mechanics" be
gan Lord Scroope.
"Mechanics," said Mr. Klvlngton,
smiling, "are, of course, a matter of
taste. They have nn Interest for mo."
A light dawned suddenly on Lord
"Is It possible," ho said, "that you are
the the author as It were of tho Klv
lngton motorcar?"
"That among other things," said tho
visitor pleasantly.
Lord Seroopo looued bewildered. It
was not possible, however Ignorant ono
might bo of mechanics, not to have
heard of tho Klvlngton automobile.
Nor, however casual u reader of the
seeulur press, could ono avoid tho
echoes of tho fumo of tluit solid manip
ulator of millions, that human comet
of progress, Hiram H. HIvlngton. The
nnmo on tho pasteboard ud not till
now connected with Lord Scroopo's
Ho contemplated Mr. Klvlngton with
wondering Interest
"Mr. Spencer," he said, "Is Indeed
fortunate In his uncle."
"I would rather say that I'm fortu
nate In my nephew," replied Klvlngton.
"Hilly doesn't need nn uncle, in my
country wo haven't much use for n
young man whoso only assets are his
relatives. Hilly has mnde good by his
own efforts, sir. He U tho Inventor
and proprietor of the Flying SphTnx
"An experimental mnchlne, I under
stand. I hope, for Mr. Spencer's sake,"
said Lord Scroope, politely, "that It
may prove ah successful."
Mr. Klvlngton smiled.
"The present model of the Sphinx,
though a big advance on tho others, Is
past tho experimental stage. Of the
llrst and second models, n quarter of n
million have been sold in tho States.
The plant for the latest, on mass pro
duction, Is now being laid down. In
the company that's being lloated I hold
a third control nnd I'm very thank
ful that I h.ivc. Hilly stands to clean
up three Hundred und fifty thousand
dollars on the d :il hnnl earnings."
"I hnve not a very good head for fig
ures, Mr. Klvln, ton. Could you trans
late that Into terms of Kngllsh cur
rency?" "About sevent; thousand pounds."
Lord Scroo-i sat perfectly silent,
gazing nt Mr. Hivlngton.
"Hut tho yjr.,ngHler himself Is whut
I'm concerned with not what he's got.
However," continued Klvlngton, look
ing out of the window as a faint whir
ring noise wns heard below, "I see he's
arrived, so I needn't say nny more.
Hut I'm very glad to have had this
chance to speak for him. Hilly Isn't
good at praising himself."
Billy's card enmo up, nnd Hilly short
ly followed It. He looked at Lord
Scroope dlllldently.
"I shall bo glad to lmvo a few words
with you, Mr. Spencer," said Lord
Seroopo with his most nmlable nlr,
"thero was a stneeoto quality about our
first meeting, that rendered n mutunl
understanding difficult."
"Tho llrst duty of nn uncle," said Mr.
Klvlngton, 'Is to realize when bo's in
the wuy. With your permission, Lord
Scroope, I'll go below."
He retired, leaving tho two together,
and drifted into the sunny morning
room overlooking the lawn. In a few
moments Lndy Scroope came In. Mr.
Klvlngton mado himself known to her.
In u very short tlnio Lady Scroope had
skillfully elicited from Mr. Klvlngton
nil the Information bo had given to lior
husband, and n good deal more. She
bubbled with umuscment nnd sympathy
as tho enthusiastic Klvlngton expound
ed Billy's qunlltlcs.
"I had n few words with your neph
ew, Mr. Klvlngton, before ho went up
stnlra," sho said Inughlug, "a most
magnetic nnd alluring young mnn. I
tremble to think what his Influence
niny bo on my simple-minded husband."
Mr. Klvlngton, coloring with pleas
ure, looked admiringly nt tho little
lndy, wondering how she camo io havo
n daughter as old as Almee who ut
that moment entered the room. Lndy
Scroope Introduced her guest.
"Weill" murmured Mr. Klvlngton,
holding Almeo's band after shaking It
and regarding her vivid beauty with
tho most Intense appreciation, "I can
understand Billy's anxiety now."
"Do you mean to say," exclaimed
Almee, "that Billy Is here?"
"Ho Is at present with your father In
the library, dear," replied her mother.
Almee departed hastily.
"Almee," her mother called after her,
"you aro on no nccount to Interrupt
'I'm going to be there when they
come out!" said Almee over her shoul
der ns she disappeared.
The two elder people looked wit each
other, and both of tlivm laughed. Mr.
Klvlngton wns charmed. Lady Scroope
was wholly unlike his preconceived no
tions of nn Kngllsh peeress. They re
sumed their conversation and drifted
out through tho windows to the lnwn
near tho entrance, whero stood tho
Sphinx. Tho original Sphinx, with
pllllon-seat de luxe attached.
Ten minutes later Lord Scroope,
with a countenance that wns positively
animated, came toward them across the
"My dear Dellcla!" ho exclaimed. "I
havo no objection to saying, even be
fore Mr. Klvlngton, that William Spen
cer Is a most remarknblo young man.
Not only has bis conduct all through
the affair been admirable, but his char
acter appeals to mo very greatly. There
Is more Innate honesty, more of the
very essence of religion, In that young
follow, than I hnve yet encountered In
anyone of his ago."
Mr. Klvlngton, coloring still more
deeply, looked at his lordship with up
preehitlvo eyes. Lady Seroopo smiled.
"Tony, dear, I hnvo seldom heard you
express yourself so warmly; and ns a
Judgo of charncter you huvo taught mo
to regard you as Infallible. Certainly,
from tho rather brief Interview I had
with Mr. Spencer I formed a similar
opinion. But do I understand that you
"Hem," said Lord Scroope, with
somo slight confusion, "we appear to be
moving rather ah rapidly. I feel"
Ho broke off, apparently at n loss, as
Billy and Almeo camo towards them
ncross tho lawn, side by lde. There
was something Olympian In Billy's as
pect and tho splendor of his smile.
Almee wus radiant nnd glowing. Lord
Seroopo scarcely recognized In her the
pallid and distressed young woman
who had returned from .Tervnulx. It
was as though an errant descendant of
tho gods hnd restored his daughter to
"Dad!" said Almee. "You've been
splendid, dour. And I wnnt to say all
the nice things to Billy's uncle, that I
haven't hnd a chance to, yet."
"I hope," snld Lord Scroope, wrin
kling his brow I perplexity as he and
his wife stood In the library some
hours inter, nfter the departure of the
visitors, "that I hnvo not been too
precipitate. Have I committed my
self too fur, Dellcla?"
Lady Seroopo pushed her husbnnd
gently Into an armchnlr und perched
herself on the arm of It.
"If you mean, dear," she said,
stroking his hnlr, "did you definitely
accept Billy Speocer as n prospective
son-in-law you certainly did. And a
very good thing, too."
"Did I really?" murmured her hus
band. "I hardly recognize myself to
day, Dellcla. It seems very precipi
tate. Thero are so many things to
consider to verify "
"I haven't the slightest doubt that
will he all right. Two of the sound
est people I ever enmo across."
"But what"
"What I like about Americans." said
Lady Scroope, "when n proposition
that's what they call It, I think when
n proposition Is clear, they don't waste
time. I like people who don't waste
time It makes life so much less com
plicated." "I am certainly conscious of a great
access of happiness."
"Yes. Because Almee Is so happy.
And Almeo's happiness Is n very Infec
tious quality. Still, nt the moment,
Tony denr, you ore looking a little
worried and anxious. Why?"
"The ono rift In the lute," snld Lord
Seroopo regretfully, "Is this break
with the Jervaulx household. Family
quarrels nro always petty and undig
nified. I fear the affair has alienated
Krythen. I hope I did not convey the
Impression thnt I disapproved, of Alex
ander's marriage. Keally It Is an ex
cellent thing for Goorglnn, and he will
hnvo n most worthy wife."
"I," said Lady Scroope, kissing the
top of his bend, "will make the ponce
with Krythea. Although she disap
proves of my moral character, I am
tho only person she really listens to.
I will go over tomorrow nnd pave
tho way. I've already talked thnt over
with Mr. Wllllnm Spencer," She added,
twinkling, "and he will accompany me.
I am porsunded ho has great Inlluence
there. I suggest n double wedding
hero at Scroope. It will suit Krythea
much better than nt Jervaulx as
things nre! Have no fear, Tony,
shall be arranged."
"All's Well "
"Whnt," said Almee, with n little
touch of scorn, "are you looking so
frightened about, Goorglo dear?"
"I'm n-not frightened," said Geor
glna faintly, smoothing her white silk
sleeve with n tremulous hand mid
glancing at the spray of orango-hlos-
"Isn't Billy Lucky?"
soms on tho boudoir tnblo. "I'm su
premely hnppy. But ono ought to
feel u Httlo frightened, surely? Aro
not you?"
"Not a bit."
Gcorglnn regnrded her cousin with
a faintly shocked expression, that
changed slowly Into n gnzo of admi
ration. "How perfectly lovely you look,
"Yes, don't I," returned Almco sim
ply, Inspecting" herself In tho long
mirror. "Isn't Billy lucky I" She
suddenly encircled Georglna's waist
with her arm. "I'm so- glad you're
happy, Georglo denr. Everybody's got
to bo huppy today ; even Aunt Krythen.
i" P?t vSfc
In half an hour you and Alexander
will stand nt the altar. Don't trqyibla
like that. 1 and Billy will bo close to
you. Dad will marry all four of us
with splendid composure and dignity.
There's nothing to bo ufrnld of. Dad
Is at his best In emergencies like thnt."
"I do love dignity," snld Goorglnn
"Don't say nasty things to mo on
my wedding day. You'll got all tho
dignity you want. When you emergo
nfter the wedding breakfast, the car
riage with the two fat horses will ha
waiting for you; It will convoy you to
tho train, and then away for wlierf
did you say you wero going?"
"Closemlnster," said Georglna rap
turously. "Alexander Is to ho Induct
ed as assistant to tho prebendary In
six weeks time. I wns so glnd when
ho suggested we should go nt onco
to the place whero later his duties will
lie. There, under the slindow of that
glorious old cathedral "
"You'll spend nn Idyllic, sedate hon
eymoon," snld Almee. "How perfect,
dear. Aren't you grateful to mo? If
It hadn't been for my stunt, you might
hnve missed n whole life's hnpplness.
But Hilly nnd I"
"You're going through to Harwich
on the car, aren't you, denr? Alex
ander told me "
"There's Aunt Krythen 1" snld At
nice. "I'm glad mummle Induced the
old terror to come."
"Who Is thnt with her?" ,1
"My new uncle-ln-law, Mr. Riving
ton. He's a peach! Aunt seems to bo
getting on with him splendidly. Loo!
nt her back! Who's the funny littlo
mnn thnt seei. s half asleep, over by
tho cedar?"
"My Uncle Joseph," murmured
Georginn. "Ho didn't realize till aftei
wo left Jervaulx, that I ought to have
been ut home with him nil the time.
I don't think be rvnlly grasps tho po
sition, even now."
"I don't wonder. These professors
never do grasp anything," chuckled
Almee. "We've beaten Dlnnu and
Rprtrnnd. They're to be ninnicd In
London next week."
"Isn't nil this delightful to think
of," sighed Georglna, "after 'the hor
rors wo went through I Did you ever
hear what became of that woman you
told me about the wife of the bur
glar?" "Never heard n word more of her;
I think she got away."
"It all seems like some fearful night
mare now," shuddered her cousin.
"As the wife of a future bishop,
you'll wipe it off your memory, Geor
gle, dear. But I never shall ! Tho
greatest time I ever hnd In my life.
Tho Joy of Ihlng, Georglo!" Lady
Scroope suddenly entered the room.
"Children," she said gravely, "In live
minutes wo start for the chapel."
Almeo bolted Into her room, fol
lowed by her mother.
"Do you seo 'em yet?" whispered
an apple-cheeked woman eagerly. Tho
red popples In her bonnet quivered ns
she raised herself on tiptoe. The stuff
of the Seroopo Towers household wns
grouped on either side of the grent
porch, behind tho assembled guests.
The npple-chcoked womnn was Mrs.
Sunning of Ivy cottage, Stanhoo; the
only envoy from the Jervaulx district.
Her eyes sparkled, she clutched grim
ly to her breast a large bag of rice,
a barbarous custom still permitted nt
Almee nnd Billy suddenly emerged
from the porch nt speed, followed
closely by Alexander und Georglna,
unild cheers, llower-petnls and con
fetti. Mrs. Sunning, with a shrill cry,
opened her batteries.
Alexander and Georglna, swerving
to the right, climbed Into tho waiting
carriage. Billy, escaping through tlfo
shower of rice, shot past to tho car.
"Beat it I" he cried to the chauffeur,
nnd caught Almee by thu hand. To
gether they scudded on foot down tho
Tho guests pnuscd In astonishment.
Lady Scroope, her eyelashes sparkljng,
laughed gently. Aunt Krythea Jutted
an Inquiring nose round tho pillars.
Tho bride nnd bridegroom, having
mnde good speed for two hundred
yards, turned Into n clump of laurels
thnt olllelontly hid tho Flying Sphinx.
Hilly snatched up a hluu cloak that
lay athwart tho saddle.
"On with It!" cried Hilly, glowing.
In a twinkling Almee donned tho
wrap; as Billy bestrode the saddlo sho
threw herself upon tho pillion and her
arms about his waist.
"Keady partner!" Billy snld.
"Let her rip!" panted Almeo Joy
ously. Tho Sphinx hummed bwirtly along
tho park road and swung left onto tho
"hold tight I"
Tho Sphinx breasted tho long rlso
nt sixty miles nn hour. Tho wind
screamed past them.
Almeo laughed aloud. Leaning for
ward from tho pillion, sho pressed tho
smallest, soft round kiss on tho bnek
of Billy's neck, as they disappeared Io
u cloud of sunlit dust.
Harvester Works Past.
From ICO to 200 tons of sucnt- -nni
enn bo cut and sorted In n dav with
u New Orleans Inventor's harvester.