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AAAAAA--At ............. AA Courtney Ryley Cooper IIImtratlone by R. B. Van Nice OoprdSht by La.t4e, Rro~ & 0o, Mr. l"urreB grlnnefl broamy. "I see you don't know Miss---the writer of this card at all. That's her nature. Besides--well, all she's got to do with me is crook her finger and I'll Jump tllrough. I'm--none of your business. But, anyway, here I am--" Falrvlflld could not restrain a laugh. There was something about the man, ab~,ut his nervous, yet boyish way of speaking, ai)out his enthusiasm, that wiped out suspicion ttnd invited con- fidence. Ti~e owner of the Blue Pop- py l.ine le.med forward, "But you didn't finish your sentence ab(m*--the u'~iter of that card." "You mean--oh--well, there's noth- ing to thaL l'm in love with her. Been in love with her since I've been knee- high to a duck. So 're you. So's every other human l~ing that thinks he's a regular nmn. So's Maurice Rodaine. Don't know about the rest of you-- but l haven't got a chance. Don't let it bother you. The problem Hgl~t now is to get your partner out of Jail. How nlUoh ittoeey have you got'/" "Only a little more than two thous- and." "Not enough. There'll be bonds on fcmr cb'wges. At the least, they'll be aronmt a tholl~aml dollars apiece. Probabilities are that they'll run around ten thousand for the hunch. Ihlw about the Blue Poppy?" "l don't know what It's worth." "N,.tther do I. Ntdther does the Jud:e. Neither does any one else. Therefore, It's worth at least ten thous- anti dollars. That'll do tim trick. I'd sug~'e~t now thai you get up, seize your deeds and accompany me to tile palace of Justice. Otherwise. that partner of yours will have to eat dinner in a place called in uadlgnlfied language the hoose;~ow I" Soon Fairchild was dressed and walked hurriedly up the street with the voluble attorney. A half-hour more and they were before ~ court, Fairchild, the lawyer and the Jail-worn llarry, his mustache fluttering In more directions than ever. "Not guilty, Your Honor," said Ran- dolph P. Farrell. "May I ask the ex- t~nt of the bond?" Tile Judge adjusted his glasses and stu|iic~l the Information which the dis- trict attorney had laid before him. 'qn view of the nmnber of charges and the seriousness of each, I must fix nn aggregate bond of five thousand .dollars, or twelve hundred fifty dollars for each case." "Tllank you; we had come prepared for more. Mr. Fairchild, who is Mr. Ilnrklns' pa}'tner, is here to appear as bondsman The deeds are in Ills name alone, the partnership existing, aS I understand it, upon their word of hon- or between them. I refer, Your Honor, to the deeds of the Blue Poppy mine. Would Your Honor care to examine thenl ?" His Honor would. His Honor did. For a long moment he studied them, and Fairchild, in looking about the courtroom, saw the bailiff in conversa- tion with a tall, thin man, with squint eyes and a scar-marked forehead. A moment later, the Judge looked over his glasses. "Bailiff l" "Yes, Your Honor." "Have you any information regard- ing tile value of the Blue Poppy min- ing claims?" "Sir, I have Just been talking to Mr. Rodalne. He says they're well worth the value of the bond." "Itow about that, Rodqine?" The Judge peered down the courtroom. *~y'tl do,'o wan his answer, and the 3udge passed the papers to the clerk, of the court. "Bond accepted, rll set this trial for November 11." "Very well, Your Honer." Then he turned with a wide grin to his ellontl. "That's all until November." /Out ttmy fll~ through the narrow aisle of the courtroom, Falrchild's knee brushing the trouser leg st ~Squtnt Rodaine as they passed. At the door. the attorney turned toward It's toasted. This cme extra prooeas gives a delightful quality that oan not be duplloated I I "Bond Accepted---I'll Set This Trial for-J* tneal, then put forth fl hand. "Drop in any day this week and we'll go over things," he nnnounced cheerfully, "We put one over on his royal Joblots that time, anyway. Ilates] me from the ground up. Worst we{ can hope for is a conviction lind thent a Supreme court reversal. I'll get him so mad he'll fill the case wltl~ errors. I Ile used to be an instructor down atI Bouhler, and I stuck the pages of a lecture together on=him one day. That's why I asked for an earl~trlal Knew he'd give me a late one. That'll let us have time to stir up a little favorable evidence, which right now we don't possess. Understand--all money that comes from the mine is held in escrow until this case Is decided. But I'll ex. plain that. Going to stick around here and bask in the effulgence of really possessing a case. S'longl" And he turned back into the court room, while Fairchild, tile dazed Her ry stalking beside hhu, started down the street. "'Ow do you figure It?" asked the Cornlahman at last. "What?" "Rodaine. 'E 'elped us out l" Fairchild stopped. It had not oc- curred to him before. But now he saw it: that if Rodalne, as an expert on mining, had condemned the Blue Poppy, It could have meant only one thing, the denial of bond by the Judge and the lack of freedom for Harry. Fairchild rubbed a hand across his brow. "I can't figure it," came at last "And especially since his son Is the accuser and since I got the best st them both last night I" "Got the best of' 'era? You?" The story was brief in Its telling And it brought no explanation of the sudden amiability displayed by th( crooked-faced Rodalne. They went on striving vainly for a ffcason, at last tc stop in front of the post office, as th{I postmaster leaned out of the door. "Your name's Fairchild, isn't it?' asked the person of letters, i "Yes." "Thought so. Some of the fellow~~ said you was. There's been a lette~ for you here for two days!" "For me?" Vaguely Fairchild wenl within and received the missive, e plain, bond envelope without a re turn address. He turned it over anc over in his hand before he opened 11 ---then looked at the postmark--Den ver. At last: "Open It. why don't you?" Harry's mustache was tickling hl~ ear, as the big minor stared over hLq shoulder. Before them were figures and sentences which blurred f o~a mo- ment, finally to resolve into: "Mr. Robert Fairchild, "Olmdl, Colorado. "Dear Sir: "I am empowered by a client whose name I am not at liberty to state, to make you an offer of $50,000 for your property in Clear Creek connty, known as the Blue Poppy mine. In replying, kindly address your letter to "Box 180, Denver, Colo." Harry whistled long and thoughtful- ly. "That's a 'Die lot of moneyl" "An awful lot, Harry. But why was the offer made? There's nothing to base it on. There's--" Titan for a moment' as they stepped out of the post office, he gave up the thought, even of comparative riches. Twenty feet away, a man and a girl were approaching, talking as though there never had been the slightest trouble between them. It was Maurice Rodaine and Anita Richmond; they came closer, her eyes turned toward Fairchild, and then-- She went.on, without speaking, with- out taking the trouble to notice, ap- parently, that he had been standing there. After this, there was little conversa- tion until H,trry and Fairchild had reached the boarding house. Then, with Mother Howard for an adviser, the three gathered in the old parlor, and Fairchild related the events of the night before, adding what had happened at the post office, when Ani- ta had passed him without speaking. Mother Howard, her arms folded as U}ual, bobbed her gray head. "It's like her, Son," she announced at hat. "She's a good girl. I've known her ever since she was a little tad not big enough to walk. And she loves her father." "But---" "She loves her father. Isn't that enough? The Rodaines have the money--and they have almost ever~,i THE [SSAQUAH PRES tiling'that ,bulge lticluaoild owns. It's easy enmlgh to guess what they've done with it- tied it up so that he can't touch it until they're ready for tlhn to do it. And they're not going to do that until they've gotten what they want." "Which is--?" "Anita! Ally feel ougllt tO be aI11o to know that. That stroke last night w'ls tile second one for tile Judge. Th|*re usually ain't "any more after the third one. Now, can't yml see why Anita is willing to (it) anytl|ing on earth Just to keep peace and Jest to give her father a little rest and com- fort and hat|phless In tim last dllys of Ills lift'7 Yea're g~t to l'emember that tie ain't like an ordi|mry father that yOU clio go t. Iilltl tell all y(mr troll- l)lt's to. tlc's layhu~ next door to (leltth, and Anita, Just llk~ any we:nan that',~ got a great' htg, good bearl In l|er. Is willing to face worse th'm death to hellI lllm. It's as plain to me as tile nese on Ihtr|'y's face" "Whicil is quite i)laln," agreed Fnlr- chihl ruefully, tlarry rubbed the ll- baled In'(dm~eis, Imxxed :it his Inns- tachs and fidgeted in his chair. "[ understand that, all right," ha annonn(.et] at last. "But wl|y ~llonhl anybody want Io buy the mhm?" It brougllt Falrctllld to tile realiza- tion of a new development, and hc brought forth the letter, once more to stare at it. "Fifty thoustmd dollars is a lot of money," came lit last. "And what then?" Mother Howard, still looking through tmcolored glasses, took the letter and scanned it. "You two ain't quitters, are you?" "'Oo, us~" Harry bristled. "Yes, you If you are, get your- selves a piece of paper and write to Denver and take the offer. If you l ain't--keep on fighting." "I believe you're right, Mother How- ard." Fairchild had reached for the letter again and was staring at it as though for inspiration. "That amount of nloney seems to be a great deal. Still, if a person will offer that much for a mine when there's nothing in sight to show its value, it ought to mean that~ there's sometlflng dark In the woodpile and that the thing's worth fighting out And personally speaking, I'm willing to fight I" "I never quit in my llfel" Harry straightened in his chair and his mus- tache stuck forth pugnaciously. Moth- er Howard looked down at him, pressed her lips, then smiled. "NO," she announced, "except to run away like a whipped pup after you'd gotten a poor lonely boarding-house keeper in love with youl" "Mother 'Oward, I'll--" But the lauglflng, gray-haired wom- an had scrambled through the door- way and slammed the door bel~lnd her, only to open it a second later and poke her head within. "Needn't think because you can hold up a dance hall and get away with it, you can use cave-nine stuff on met" she adnmnlshed. And in that one sen- tence was all the conversation neces- sary regarding the charges against Harry, as far as Mother Howard was concerned. She didn't believe them, and Harry's face showed that the world had become bright and serene again. He swung his great arms as though to loosen the big muscles of his shoulders, tie pecked at his mus- tache. Then he turned to FairchUd. "Well," he asked, "what do we do? Go up to tile mine--Just like nothing 'ad ever 'appenedV' "Exactly. Wait until I change my clothes. Then we'll be ready to start. I'm not even going to dignify this let- ter by replying to it. And for one principal reason-J' he added---"that I think the Rodalnes have somethin~ to do with it." " 'Ow SO?." "I don't know. I'll be ready in it moment.') An hour later they entered the mouth of the Blue Poppy tunnel, once more to start the engines and to re- sume the pumping, meanwhile strug- gling back and forth with timbers from the mountaln side,-as they began the task of rehabilitating the tunnel where It lind caved in Jpst beyond the slmft. Hour after hour they toiled, until ~e gray mists hung low over the mountain tops, until tile shadows lengthened and twilight fell. The en- gines ceased their chugging, the cough- ing swirl of the dirty water as It came from the drift, far below, stopped. Slowly two weary men Jogged down the rutty road to the narrow, winding highway which led through Kentucky gulch and into town. That night Faixchild did not lie awake to stare about him in the dark- ness. His eyes elosed wearily, yet with a wholesome fatigue. Nor did he wake until Harry was pounding on the door in the dawn of the morn- lng. Once more the pumps; once more tl~e sU~ggle against the heavy tim- bers; once more the "clunk" of the ax as it bit deep Into wood, or the pounding of hmumers as great spikes were driven tote place. The timber- ing of the broken-down portion of the tunnel Just behind the shaft had been repaired, and Harry flipped the sweat away fl'om his broad forehead with an action of relief. "Not that it does any particular good," he announced, "But it's room we'll need ~hen we start working down below, and we might as well 'ave It fixed up---" He ceased suddenly and ran to the pumps. A peculiar gurgling sound had come from the ends of the hose, and the flow depreciated greatly; insteaii of the steady gtmh of water, a slimy silt wa,~ coming out now, spraying and splattering about on the aides of the drainage ditch. Wildly Harry waved a monstrous paw. "Shut 'm~t off[" he yeiled to Fair- child in th.e dimness of the tunnel. "Shut 'Em Offl It's Sucking the Muck Out of the Sumpl" "It's sacking the muck out of the stoup! That means the 'ole drift is unwatered." "Then tim pmnping Job's over?" "Yah." Itan~." rose. "You stay ere |In(1 (lism.|nt}e the I)mnps, so we can send 'ca| back I'll go to town. We've got |o hay SCale stuff." --CONTINUED NEXT WEEK-- q r R. S. W. HOBBS Phone No. Main 402 Physician and Surgeon Grand Central Hotel on East Mill Street ISSAQUAH WASHINGTON DR. w. E. GIBSON Physician and Surgeon Office in Bank Building Front Street ISSAQUA H - WASHING YON r)R. O. A. KELLS Physician and Surgeon Office in Bank Building Front Street ISSAQUAH WASHINGTON DR H. H. ADAMS Physician and Surgeon Office at Residence Mill Street ISSAQUAH, WASHINGTOI~ DR. GEORGE E. GAYNOR, DENTIST Open Evenings Coutts Building Front Street ISSAQUAH WASHINGTON Issaquah Market J. W. FINNEY, PROP. Best Quality-- --Best Service-- --Lowest Prices Fresh And Cured Meats O. M. THOMPSEN Contractor and Butlder PLANS AND ESTIMATES CHEERFULLY FURNISHED PHONE 332 P.O. BOX 74 ISSAQUAH, WASHINGTON New Richmond Hotel Modern ----- Fireprool Seattle's Largest and Best Popular Priced Hotel Opposite Both Oepots Free Bus 100 Rooms without bath $1.50 100 " with $1.50 150 ...... $2.00 .up Women and childre~ always safe here. We cater especially to t~e people of l this territory and give aeeomodations[ i second to none in Seattle at above rates I The furniture and equipment are the[ best; each room a sunny outside room. [ Louis LUCAS, asst. gem mgr. [ I Also Lanterns W. H. Shain, Isaaquab Phone Farmer 324 ROB'T. KOOISTRA BREEDER OF HOLSTEIN-FRIESIAN CATTLE AUCTIONEER AND LIVE,TOCK BROKER PHONE DUVALL mXCHAhGE 44R4 TOLT . WASH. CTOBEI :-5"6"7"8 IS AQUA is invHed to s tl West's OreateM I=xbos|tion-- fun, lhrills and edu, lion for all g- or By 100 of America's Best Runners; afternoon and evenings, 2 and 7 o'clock (except Sunday) Roman Chariot and Hippodrome Races 650 Babies Compete for Medals 2,000 Poultry Entries Dog and Cat Show Prize-winning Stock from other Northwest Fairs Bear Hunts with Live Bear and Blood Hounds Auto Polo--the world's most exciting game Bands, Orchestras and Singers Jazz Dancing in big Pavilion Automobile and Tractor Show Sportand Amusement on "Peacock Lane" Style Shows, Acrobats and Merry-go-rounds Finest Art Exhibit ever seen in this state Gorgeous Fireworks Display every evening Covered boulevards and pavilions protect crowds against 5,700 Seats in Covered Grandstand Acres of Automobile Parking Space Come and Bring the Family Admission 50c; children 25e (free on children's day) Auto Parking with Watchmen, 50c Wednesday--Governor's, Derby and Poultry Day Thursday--Issaquah and King County Day Fare and one-third round trip on railroads from points east to Motor busses direct to grounds. W.H. PAULHAMU~, AND EXPO ITIC)N Tha real value of a motor lubricant can bs determined in only one way--throfigh lm us~ in the ongino for which it is intended. Hence this company maintains am engine-testing lab- oratory, equipped with a Sprague dynamometer, in which Zerolena and other lubric~mts are constantly being teated under actual opsradng condidonL This dy~amonmtor laboratory is in charge of competent trtlnad men, who spend all their time in conducting comparadvs tests of Zerolone and other lubricants in automobile, alrplano, marine, truck and tractor engin~. CorreCt Lubrication Recommendations On the results of these tostS, supplemented by equally careful tests in ths field and on the road, Our Board of Lubricadon Engineers bases its Chart of Rocommen- da~ooa. ~loso attsndon is given to the design and construcdon of the angina. It is necessary to know, Jirat, the speed of ths beefing sadaees; eooond, clearance between bear- ing 8udac*a; fhil~l, tsmporsmr~ at which boadngl operate; fourth, preseuru egorted in sach basting; the msenl provids4 for the dittribudon of the oil m each b~mdng. Tha recommandstlona embodied in the Zemlena Chart ~u'a calculatod with the greatest pr~ieion, and if Zoro. lone la used in accordanco with thom~ correct lubrica. don and maximum fusl mileage are assured.