Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 11, 1910, Lethbridge, Alberta
The Daily Kerala, G A jL SL By John A. Becker 1808, Sj.tht Sort All Scwrred] LLA." said Bill Harmsworth. coming in after bis day's work in the South Nor- walk gasolene engine factory, "I'm soinj: to cut this out. A man I used to meet out clamming has put me on to a pood thing. You won't have Ma'aca Perley to fuss with you and there'll be no rent or board to pay. Throw your things together and "we'll light out to-morrow." He toot his pretty wife to a small, well wocdcd Island on the Sound some distance off llftuinroiiiH-k. On a jutting point separated from ttie island entirely at high tide and which was woll concealed from boats tliat passed, a dismantled had beea. jacked HP and turned into a two family Sat by n partition. The litCe ffroup of persons occupying this secluded point consisted of Cy Jones and his two sons anri Anse Powers. The. former lived on tbe sloop in one compartment and the Hanustvorths in the other, while Powers, who was the boss of the crowd. slpyt la a primitive workshop which, with a rough working bench, stood near the sloop. Tbe surroundings were pretty and the work was not taxing for Ella, so she was well costesi with tbe cbange. Slie was never left alone, as the men flirt not sE go away at the same time. When the rietts died cut along tbe shore at some of tbe mfia.we-ut spearing. Tbe fishing did not seeiu jrood. for tjsually brought back only a mess or rsvo. They had canned things a-pleury, however, so, it did not matter. Anse Powers seemed to have a knack of picking: up ship track at, a motor boat aad Jssach fittings. -Sow and then-a gasolene engine fig- ured in hJs This A'nse Powers was n staewy, well put together man of thirty, with lectures, thick hsir that curled around his shapely head scd well turned, forehead, and. with a strong mocth aad chfc, despite the cleft in the latter. But when he least, when he smiled at n ont of ten would fee! as it it was the forerunner of a kiss as far as Anse was concerned. The tenth, the good married woman, would look away and pretend isstssibility- TMs is -what Eila did. When Anse, his clear blue eyes gripping 7hers with a level, masterful glance, say things more flattering than subtle to the graceful, slender little woman she would toss her pretty head and bluntly tell biro not to waste Ms time on her. She had married Bill Harms-worth because he was the first rann to'ask her to became his wife, and because his suggestion of simple loyalty and his gentle, comradely air s. sec-thing sense _ of support In it. There was an. Innate strength .to ierselfL-'which she -was. hardly conscious of, refiexively-. Tbe four children that had been facm to theta had died, and in 1 a way that seemed to bind her to Bill. too. But no is indifferent TO the sense thac a masterful, ririle man Is subject to her influence. Anse Powers was educating her. Admiration of Anse.- "I wonder if Bill knows what a good thing he's got to' be. reflected audibly one day. "I wish I'd met you first. I struck Just your kind of a .woman before. So-- so so game. I like you. missy! Do you know "There's girls on ?hore looking for husbands. I'm en old married woman, and Bill Harms-worth is good enough, for me- I've no time to fool, anybow." He laughed, "-Those sloppy girts! I'm out of the 'A, B, C class. Some time, if I should give you a good kiss, don't .you go off at a tangent. When the spirit moves me responsible." She levelled a steady glance at him. which.was plucky, but-dangerous. He mec it with roguish play- fulness. She threw out her right-- hand, "That's pretty heavy when it drops quick." she said. How handsome and masterful he looked! The nest day she was bending: over some work when a strong: arm encircled ner trij waist. She 5nmed, wriggled like a snake, ,to feel tie burning RATE down by tbe kerosene lamp, she drew worn IsttW from her and read It again with with which she had never read It before. "Dear missed -you a lieap since yoa left I didu't know I eould this way to a woman. But you are so quiet. And yet you are a dsad sport. I wish I had met you a few years ago. If I couldn't have made you like Powers then, bo- fore he'd snapped his fingers to the lawa, and you'd tied up -with Bill Harmsworth, I'd'bare backed down without a. word. Bnt I conKl! When I stole rhat kiss I didn't know what it was going to do to mm. It has nailed me to the cross. This is only to say thaS If you ever want a man to do a turn ?or you got one. I mean me. Put that down -where you wont lose It! Some day you'll find out without my telMn'1 you, that Bill Harminvorth Is a foar-flusher. He's a cheap skate, not flt to eat salt out of your hand. It won't make you like me any better to hare me tell you this, 'out I do it to that when yon're on, you can, Powers can spot a man as well lore a woman.' He loves you all right (Anse and any time you say hell come for you, and ring and caudle. I didn't know I was so hard hit mrtfl" you went and left.auch a hole. Well, any woman well off to know that she's got a man at her finger's crook. I love you, EHla, and. yon don't know what love Is yet .ANSS POWERS." The nest day the Sheriff sent EUa "Fifty ot it Is Bill's." ha said. "Now, It was tea days since then and Strong had net heard a -word. Keitrier had Bill Haraasworth. They only fcaew that Ella had left Mrs. Perley's as soon as she got money. She had sent a line to her too impatient. This may be a slotr Job. But I'm going to do it all right, or I wont be to I prom- ise you that I'll not waste a minute in getting Ansa Powers where I want him. Don't yon or Bfll qneer the game." r The Sheriff road tMa orer and .tried not to chafa, But why didn't she write or give him a tip boir swinging the job? Wben it traa three -wteka What a man don't know can't: keep him awake nights. A nice little woman-like you oughtn't to grudge a real friend a kiss. You'll never miss it, and it does us both good." She said nothing, but the- Kite and-sat with her face turned away from him as sbe mended something. ,When she got a chance she told "Harms- Tvorth, She felt it the square thing ro do. She also felt the need of his moral as weH as physical support Harms was pretty sore. He recognized the physical superiority of Anse Powers, and be knew that Anse as a squire of dames could give him cards and spades. "If he tries that again we clear he get even with him if I can." What he did was to get a pistoJ when he went on shore. Some one of the other men must have tipped Powers off to this, for when he atid were oat kshirj a day or two later the latter said, "I hear you've got a gtm. I suppose your wife told you something: about me. "What is there to hinder me from dumping you overboard? It's a rrood long- swim to shore. I'm not looking for trouble. But take this The sheriff glared at her, gave z gasp and tore open his own missive. pressure of hta full lips on her cheeks. The band came down instinctively, bu: under her indignation there was an emotion that she knew was not wholly fiiaagreeable. Bill Harrasvorth's kiss had never eeerced stich an eleccrlc tlilsg. "I told you, you she said botiy, after sae had wrenched herself a-way. "Don't you try any more or that on me or I'll tell Bill." "Wfiy, girlie, I can llf: anything from a stove to is anchor! I threw a ffiau once that was twice your man's weight clean over iuy head and broke his bloomia' shoulder blade. He waa Interfering lu my business. You've boxed my cars. Well, the kiss was spoflth it, and I don't bear any raalice. Besides, you taJd you and so yon bad to. Yon never Icoicad than did. tbea. be sffly. t straight. We're Jogging along well trith this graft, and yon're getting vouv rake-off. You'd be a fool to queer tbe game. The louder a woman squeals the less she's been bitten. But you just chuck that gun or get out. You it for me, I suppose. Well. I don't stand for any sbenanlgaa like that. "I see all said Harmswortb. sulkily. As a result he took his wife bacl; to the Connecticut shore. Mrs. Periey took in Ella again and Bill got a Job In an oyster cannery. But the little he contributed to her support soon ceased. He came to see her Sundays, but was sullen and changed. He rre-ted Eila as she had brought trouble on them. Mrs. PerJey soon got on to this one Sunday file spoke to bins. 'Tin willing to belp Ella for zbe help she Is to roe rocnd ttia boase. Her mother 'nd ice -were friends, aud Ella's all right- i'ou've notbin' against her. But as for havin' you come bere Sundays acd entertained when you don't put up a cent for your wife, no, sir-eel Not while my name's L'lzsle Harms-worth, who never have tvaked up of himself, chose to get huffy at being raked over the coals. He left the bouse, saying "vvhea. be came ajrain it would be because be tvas Invited. When Mrs. Periey realized that lie was living up "to this and had practically deserted his wife she got Ella to appeal to ner uncle, JRufus Strong, in South. Xorwalk, to see if be coald net stir Harmsworzh to doing something for her., Eiia was pretty sore. She had acted square in telling her husband about Anse Powers. And this was what she was getting1 for it! So sbe followed Mrs, Perley's advice. She did not ihat her uncle was a deputy sheriff. For some time Strong had been bearing of robberies ail along the Sound, at City Island, at Ssaten Island, Bayonne, and even up the Hudson. Ltuaehes and motor boats would be stripped of theTf'flsings. Some- times even the engines were lifted. When be beard what EUa had to say about the sbop on Ken Island and now Bill's knowledge of gasolene engines had been brought Into play In that shady retreat he be- gan to smell a rat. He secured Harmsworth's arrest in a few days and told him what It "was for. Bill Tells His Story. Bill did not deny bis complicity in it. But he saifl he had been roped In without understanding how the ground lay, and be gave away Anse Powers as the ringleader and master spirit or the little band of Sound pirates. He said he used to know Powers first while clammJng. and that Ue was always talking about the money to be made, with practically no risk, by lifting things from the boats along tha't end of the Sound, which were not well protected at night. "I've been getting tbe name of thief." Powers wound up by say- ing, "and now I mean to bave the gain. There'll bs a good rakjj-ofif for all of us. anri I'll d.c most of itbe work." Harmsworth ziade a deal with. Strong that the Sheriff should get him off. for his wife's sake, if he would give away the place where Powers end tbe others hung out. "But you need to so slow." sa.id Harmsworth. "Powers Is a bull for strengidj. and if they set an Inkling that you're oa tbe scent they can pn31 up stakes and saeck like a streak." "Don't he go to any place along store where wo could nab him? I'll you get away if you steer us rlefct for A strong arm encircled her trig waist. "He goes to plenty of places along shore, but not on it His graft is on the water. But bold on! I got a good idea. This smart Aleck waa spocns oa my wife. She threw hinfQowa, and that's -why I came to quit the game. We're on tbe.outs now, Ella, 'nd he went on sulkily, "and I don't guess I could get her to dp anything. But why don't you get her to rope him in? He's just the kind of fellow a woman he was stuck on could play well. Get her to write to him "nd say she 'nd I are quits, and ask won't he corae to some place and have a talk with her. Then she can hand him over to you, all right. You see, she'll have little axe of her own to grind. You might say. too, that If Powers gets nabbed I'll get off for talon' a hand. She is true to her own. Try it, TVill Ella was pretty well taken aback "when she found what an avalanche she bad precipitated, and that in having recourse to her uncle she bad put the Sheriff In movement against the whole Hen Island gang. By ner astuteness sbe got the scheme out of the Sheriff and. learned that the proposed plan was her husband's and thai be wcruld triumph over a rival and secure his own ekin by her becoming the decoy to land Anse Powers Jn jail. Earmsworth had killed the sample affection she had for hlin. Only dlnce he deserted her bad sbe beard of his having taken up Trith a woman la South isorwalk, a widow with a little money. He had been spending on this woman the rnocey he couM not afford "for. her. and now wished to use her as a catspaw: And without one thought of the riak she might rua if Powers should see she -was trying to trap hiffi- Aftor a moment's thought, a cold light coming Into her eyes and her resolute chin becoming set, she said to tbe see. Give me time to think it out I tell yon there mustn't'be any slip In the thing. Arise Powers Is a man and no fool. I inay need money. Can you let me have some? You might get Bill to put up a little, since he's going to get more profit out of it than sbe said siowly. "Sure! I'll send you some to-morrow. [What are you going to do? I need to be oc." "When I get my plan made out and the way looks clear'you shall hear from me. Bat that may be a week, perhaps longer. Benembpr that I SSuw the inau and tbe Ifty ot things better than anybody else. And I want yon to keep qu'iet and leave It all to me. When I give the word you be ready to That's all." "Why. girl. I'm proud of von! I thongUt yon were a regular little cac-by-the-fire-kind of woman. And vou're talking like a general. 1 guess Bill Harms- worf.b doesn't know how foad his wife Is of him. I'll prod bira fill right Ella." "Doa't prod nnyrhinar till you bear from me. But I proir.isc you that if f'uoa't win out you may put ae Jail, too." Read His Letter. Tiie SfcprliT liar v-'5t'i Sris. Ella Earms- worrh wfiu: slowly up to her lit tie wow accl. sitting couldn't wait any longer. He to Mrs. to see if, perhaps, Ella miffiit hare written to "Weil, this la qaeerl I pot a. letter frod Ella morning enclosing a. note for she, said. it Is." She went to the family Bible. "Why didn't you let me asked the Sheriff. "Why, Ella said to Just keep tt until you re- plied Mrs. Perley. handing it to him. T hope she's well. I don't know what took her off like that And she didn't say- nothin' in my tetter 'cept for me ta sure and burn it, envelope and Aanotmccd Her Capture. The Sheriff glared at a gasp and- tore open his own raisaive, "Dear Uncle certainty acted I did. too! For I've got Anse Powers Into a place not so well lowwa to Bill and you, and thcogh I don't fcooir how soon you'll get I don't snow Just hoir trusting you can certainly bave a ftrst rate start at the pace tva -will strike. Anse is a. trump at planning, too! Ten Bill I wish he could spared more money, but prospects are yery sood, And tefl Mm the next time he trtes- to wife has stood tvhat bis wife did from him to choose be- tween helping a fine pirate or aha! had betfeM gamble on the pirate getting the beip. "You only doing your dnty, aad I spect you. I foel that is a famfly trait, though IB my case it has beea IOTO, not duty. Bat of course you'll understand why I had to usa you. A needs a man's help In playing a hard gasae. cot one's now for keeps. TeH Borah Perley she hare tin few things I left "Your nleca, ELLA STRONG yelled the Sheriff, so that Petlty Jumped and let a thin squeak her. "Give her letter to you. Oh, you Iraraed that! Did yvn the he roar-ed. "Why, no! Is anything: the matter -with ETlaT' "Oh, no! Ella's all right She IB a happy bride. And, by George 1 I think ahe can give him points in his business. She Is a Strong, all right! Tso proud of her. But, jiminy crimes! We -were the eaay fruit! Bill and me was stay until ccuid the trick.' It would be a 'slow would do it, all right.' she hue, hy gent Harmswortb will be tickled to death to see iphat a cxite plan ne put up to his wife. By Geosge! He jvst dpped her off. I'll have to arrest him new to my face. Acd you ivere 'to keep letter BntH I called.' 'And to burn hers.' MK. Parley, I'm begin- ning to doubt if you're as simple as you. look! Loot Don't you say a Tvord about tMs! It wald terrible to have a nice, respectable old lady like yoa Imprisoned for iifel Good night." He snot out, banking the door to violently. Uzafla Perley sank trembling into the neaisst cbalr. "Ella Strong a pirate's brldel Oh, It sounds like a novell" Sbe wrung her hands. Then she rose hastily care- fully locked and bolted the door. When oae's ovn fnrally, as it Tverc. takes to tbe blgrh sens, you cao't be tco azrJust thieves!