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.Thursday, April 25, 1940 INDIAN VALLEY RECORD B LID L A I M 0 E MACRAE SMITH CO, WNU SERVICE SYNOPSIS Charming. wealthy Gabriel]a (Gay for Short) Graham, engaged to Todd Jane- Way. returns to a cabin in the Maine Woods accompanied by a friend, Kate Ol- Iver. The idea of a stay at the cabin oc- CUrred to her when she received a key to it . following the death of her godfather, Uncle John Lawrence. The two girls no- tice that someone is living in the cabin. Kate suspects that Gay knows the ldenti- try of the mysterious occupant. The mys- ery man returns. He is John Houghton, a Young doctor whom Gay had known in Previous years. Immediately aggressive, Gay asks him by what right he is in the cabin. His right she finds, is greater than her own. He too, possesses a key, bat more than that is heir to it from his Uncle John Gay's godfather. Gay is high handed ~vith him, and he states COurteously that he will leave. Looking at him in the doorway, her old feelings return. She knows that he is more neces- i "Mmm?" she hummed on a ris- ing inflection. "I asked you if you were bored." "Certainly not." "You weren't listening." "I was." "Don't be polite." He sat up to light a cigarette. "There's no rea- son why you should be interested. It must seem very dull and, as you said, unrewarding." "I can think of gayer subjects," she said, wanting to hurt him be- cause he had hurt her. "Such as--?" "Well, aquaplaning, for instance." "All right. Talk away. I'll listen." "As a penance?" "I shan't be able to add anything Sary to her than is Todd Janeway. the man she is to marry. Gay asks John to to the conversation. I've had net- : reconsider hts decision to leave,ther the time nor the opportunity for luxury sports." !: CHAPTER lU--Continued "Skiing, then." : ~ "You're good at that, aren't you?" Not that problems were pressing. "Fairly. It was included in the They seemed to retreat farther into curriculum of the school at Gene- the hazy distance with each day vs." that Gay spent at the lake. She "I can't add much to that suh- Was active from the hour of their Sect," he said. "I've done a little early breakfast until the inevitable skiing on the hills at home. Nothing moment when her eyes dropped over sensational. You'd consider my ex. a magazine, the parchesi board or ploits amateurish, I'm afraid." ~ae word games which Kate insti- There was no humility in his gated to while away the after-supper vbice. His obvious intention was to interval when darkness fell over imply that an interest in sports was the woods and the lake. She slept trivial in comparison with his more soundly, without dreaming, serious aspirations. Gay turned her It was the air of Maine, she sup- head and looked out across the we- Posed, and the simple life she'd been ter toward the shore. If it was a de- living for--How long? Five days, she lense, she could break through it, Calculated, surprised that it had been she thought. But was it a defense? that long, equally surprised that Didn't he, hadn't he always, con- time had passed so swiftly. She sidered her interests trivial? Heav- i~adn't realized'how tired she'd been en knew, she thought they were. If, until she began to rest. It was for in justification, she could talk to this she had come to the cabin, she him, tell him why she'd returned to thought, the contentment she felt her pleasure in the sun and wind the daylight hours of activity, the long nights of restful sleep. But Would she have stayed if John had gone? Would she be so contented now, lying warm and drowsy in the sun on the rocking float, if he Were not there in the cabin potter- ing with his test-tubes and micro- SCope in the room that had been Mrs. Dill's? But he wasn't there. At a cheer- ful hail from the shore Gay rolled Over and then sat up. He stood on the boat-landing in swimming trunks and jersey, an arm raised in salute. "Is the water cold?" he called. "Frigid. I have icicles in my ears." "Think I'll paddle over." "Sissy!" she taunted. "I swam." "You were showing off." He dipped his toes into the water and Withdrew them with a grimace. "Pure exhibitionism." "Superior stamina." "Oh, yes?" Thank heavens they'd gotten over being so terribly polite, she thought, Watching him take a shallow dive from the end of the'landing. The first day after she and Kate had arrived it had been pretty dreadful. They'd watched each other warily, Suspicious of the meaning behind every gesture, all defenses stoutly guarded. It was different now, Each day that passed brought them closer together in an impersonal compan- lonship, based on experiences shared, household chores squabbled the cabin-- "I can't talk about polo, either," he said, breaking a lengthening pause, "Or horse shows or yacht races or the Costume Ball at South- hampton." "Well," she said, presently, "I suppose we can talk about the weather." "Always." She turned her head to find him smiling at her, not the iron- ical smile which fostered hostilities, but a smile which wid .~md into his engaging grin. "I understand there's been a heat-wave in New York." "Idiot!" Gay laughed. They laughed together, amused friendly laughter which narrowed the dis- tance between them, laughter which held a trembling vibration more con. ciliating than words. "That's better." He offered her a cigarette. "I suspect your motives when you're polite." "When you're polite, I know very well what your motives are." "What?" His eyes met hers above the match that he held to her ciga- rette. "You're filled with disapproval." "I'm not." His smile softened the contradiction. "I'm filled with sup- pressed curiosity." "Scientific curiosity?" She sat back on the float, her arms around her knees. "No, purely human." He hesitat- ,ed, then asked, "Your experiment? Is it working out? Or have you bur- ied it under a pine tree?" "New York papers?" Gay scram- bled to the edge of the float. "Where did you get them?" "I sent for them," Kate said. "Is there--?" Gay asked quickly. Then, more deliberately, "What's the news?" "Your father sailed three days ago," Kate said in reply to Gay's question. "But he wasn't to have returned until--" "Exactly." Kate. She sat with compressed lips looking up at Gay through slightly narrowed eyes. "He missed the auc- tion in London," she said. "That's bad. That's really very bad.' Gay gave an exclamation, the landing. Gay remained silent, her eyes fixed upon the tiny waves disappearing in bright succession beneath the float. John's eyes rest- ed upon her profile. Moments passed in an estranging silence. "You needn't, you know," John said presently. She glanced at him questioningly. "Apologize," he said. "You can think of me as a landing-post, too." "I am, I suppose," she said, after His eyes turned to a moment. half dismay, half exasperated rage. "Aunt Flora probably cabled him," she said. "Your mother has not been idle," Kate reminded her grimly, "not to mention a varied assortment of rel- atives." "They're such an articulate fam- Ily." "Yes," Kate said dryly, "and, un- fortunately, cable rates are no de- terment." "But why couldn't they have wait- ed?" The humor that had bright- ened her voice was gone. Though he saw her only in profile, John knew that her eyes were dark and mutinous. "Why must they jump to conclusions? Aunt Flora would, of "You needn't, you know," John said presently. course But I thought Mother had more sensel" "It's been five days," Kateepoint- ed out. "They probably think you've been kidnaped. You can't wonder that they're anxious," she added in a tone of increasing exasperation. "I'vebeen away longer than that." "But not at a time like this when something has been arranged for His question caught her off-guard. Her eyes turned, again, to the canoe Over and gaily performed, a great tied to the landing. deal of laughter. Kate's presence "It isn't so easily disposed of," Was a safeguard. Her wry humor, she said. her resourcefulness, her energy and "Are you--working at it?" His enthusiasm kept them occupied and voice was very persuasive. amused. Gay, sitting on the float, "Not seriously. I never seem to her arms hugging her knees, won- find time. I'm always sleepy or dered what would have happenedhungry or interested or--contented." if Kate hadn't been there. She was A shout hailed them from the glad, really glad, that Kate was. shore. Gay turned to see Kate ges- "Perishing?" she asked as John's turing from the landing. "And will you?" floathead b bbed al ng the side f the ~~i~~ii !i!ii~!!! , "Practically. He pulled his long body up on 'the planking, shook him. Self, scattering a shower of drops. "Hey[" Gay said, ducking. "Sorry." He sat beside her, opened the pocket on the belt of his by the interruption. Whathe felt "In that case," Kate said, and he was obvious, thought she sounded considerably trunks, produced matches and ciga- "Tell them to go shoot an Indian," relieved, "we'll be obliged to start tettes. "Will you light one for me?" he asked. "My hands are wet." he said. in the morning. And I think we "-------- should both apologize t~ John. He She lit a cigarette, placed it be. CHAPTER IV can't have enjoyed having this dis. tween his lips. The brief contact cussed in his presence. And he Was closer to intimacy than they had John caught the side of the canoe, couldn t escape, ' sheadded, humor, been during the past five days. For It wabbled, then steadied against fostered by relief, breaking through an instant their eyes met and held, the float. Kate dropped the paddle concern and irritation. ' He s hold. then Gay glanced away. "Are you landing?" he asked,ing me steady.Very generous of 'Are your germs behaving well?',h m o s e adrift. 'No thank you " Somethingthadi n t to haveet m " She asked, when the light quick beat- disturbed her, he thought. Her plain Think of me as a landing.post," /rig of her heart had subsided, clever face, usually serene, looked John said, "if that will make you "Abominably." He stretched out both irritated and concerned. She feel better." on the float beside her, his hand sup- glanced up at him as though he was Kate drew the rope into the canoe. Porting his head. ' I ve Just buried the cause of her concern and irrlta. "It would--if I could, she said. the whole lot under a pine tree. The tion. "I'm going back in a rain. Her smile was faintly derisive but Odor of the cabin is vastly in. ute," she said. the expression in her keen light Proved." Th~en, why had she come? He eyes was not unsympathetic. She "Oh, what a shamel" she said in thought, he was sure, that Gaytook up the paddle. I m going to SYmpathy, surprised that he seemed would have answered his question if get lunch," she said, speaking past so cheerful, they had remained undisturbed. He John to Gay who sat still and aloof "That's the way it goes," he said. i liked Kate. He'd been glad, at first, at the edge of the float, looking "You've got to have the patience ot that she was here. Lately, though-- down into the water "I'll call when 4oh.",'this morning-- "Have you robbed it's ready." "Aren't you--? An altered tone the mall-man again?" he asked.The canoe moved off from the zn his voice caught her straying at- "You'!l land in Jail. All those pa- float. The dip and swish of the pad- tear, on. pers-- die grew fainter as Kate approached you practically every hour. Think of the excuses, the questions, the ova- ! siena." "You think of them. I haven't the strength." "You haven't communicated with --anyone?" "No. Why should I? Todd--un- derstood. I told both Mother and Aunt Flora in the notes I wrote them that I would return at the end of the week." His glance, in turn, questioned. "All the things you're thinking." She laughed, a clear brittle laugh, quickly stilled. "Spoiled, selfish, in- considerate." There was no humility in her voice. She was neither apologizing nor admitting. She seemed, John thought, to be taking some sort of perverse pride in the unadmirable qualities she listed. The sincere protest which sprang to his lips re- mained unspoken. Tenderness crys- tallized into antagonism. "If you are referring to the anx- iety you are probably causing at home," he said coolly, "I think I agree with you." "Of course," she said brightly. "What else could you think? I have everything, haven't I?" "Certainly, by any standards, you have a great deaL" "There's no sensible reason why I should run away less than a month before my wedding?" She did not look at him. Her eyes were again fixed upon the waves disappearing under the float. Color had flushed into the cheek that he saw in profile. Her hands were clasped so tightly about her knees that the knuckles showed white. "I can't answer that," John said. "I know nothing of the circum. stances." "Well, there isn't," she said. "No sensible reason. Todd is--splendid. I suppose we've been half in love with each other since I was six and he was nine." Only half in love? he wanted to ask. Instead, thoughtfully silent, in- creasingly astonished, he lit a cig- arette. "We're to be married at South- ampton in the Little Red Church on the Dunes." She spoke lightly, quickly, adding word to word as though she were building a house with cards which a breath, a too Impetuous touch would destroy. "It's Mother's show. You see Dad gave me my debutante party. Now she has her inning. It's a little complicated." She laughed again, that clear brittle laugh, quickly stilled. "Aunt Flora insists that she won't attend the receptiorz in my step-father's home. She will, though, if only to point a reproving moral." "Todd's father is giving us a boat for a wedding present," she went on as though there had been no break in the clear rippling stream of words. "We're sailing south. We'll leave the boat in Florida for the winter and bring her north next summer. The Janeways have a place at Palm Beach." "Will you actually sail?" John asked, his interest for the moment quite detached from Gay. (TO BE CONTINUED) Hy VIRGINIA VALE (Released by Western Newspaper Union.) JUDGE DUDLEY S. VAL- ENTINE of the Los An- geles Superior court conduct- ed an important trial recently --not in court, however, and the judge wore overalls in- stead of his judicial robes. The issue at stake wa whether or not he still re- tained his skill as a locomo- tive engineer. The scene was a movie location set, and the stars of "Torrid Zone" com- prised the jury. 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