The Haileyville Herald. (Haileyville, Okla.), Vol. 2, No. 2, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 15, 1920 Page: 2 of 10
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Diamond Cut Diamond
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Copyright br the Bobbs-Mcnill Company.
By JANE BUNKER
SEVEN BIG PERFECTLY MATCHED, BLOOD RED DIAMONDS!
That's what this fascinating mystery-detective story Is about and
no wonder they make Interesting complications when they bob up In
New York In the possession of an interesting woman-clairvoyant who
admits they are smuggled and thinks they are rubies—^and especially
when a mysterious stranger appears and says they belong to Wilhelm of
Germanyl Such a complicated web as is spun about the possession of
these seven wonderful gems—easily worth a million or so! Those who
have them from time to time naturally try to hang on to them, and those
who haven't them try to get them—all of which makes a thrilling yarn.
Moreover, there are some unusual and interesting characters, In-
cluding the "staid, proper spinster," who tells the story; a beauteous
young French girl, who appears a aariing in one cnapter and an ad-
venturess In the next; a young man much sought after by the various
sleuths, and a bright young newspaper man who makes an excellent hero.
Jane Bunker has told the story well and the action moves along
swiftly, keeping the reader interested in both what Is happening and
what seems likely to happen.
I've always though' this adventure
might credibly have happened to any-
body else but we. Since It did happen
to me I've come to the incredible con-
clusion that It's your staid, proper
uplns'ers who get Into some of the
blugglest adventures, only the world,
Just because of the bred-ln-the-bone
propriety of the people Involved, never
hears about the adventures.
Ann Preswlck and I had spent the
summer casually roving through Hol-
land and Belgium, accompanied by two
large suitcases, a bunch of extra soft
lead pencils—mine—and a large paint-
box and a white umbrella—Ann's—
searching such adventures, literary
and artistic, as two rather staid and
prosaic women would be likely to find,
which adventures we hoped to convert
Into cash through the American maga-
At the end of three months Ann
thought she saw two real live books
us the offspring of our Joint labors, so
with uiy typewriter 1 went?do vn to
Vevny for the winter to work. How^
ever, I had hardly found myself nicely
settled and "Belgian Byways" spurt-
ing along when I was cabled for to
come home on family business.
While I was having the portler buy
my Paris ticket for me a lady's card
was brought to my room by the pro-
prietor himself, telling me that the
madame below stairs was the highly
respected principal of a young ladles'
The madame turned out to be a
pudgy, self-important person, speak-
ing voluble and understandable Eng-
lish, who dived without waste of op-
portunity into her reason for visiting
me: one of the young ladles of her
school had Just been telegraphed by
monsieur le pere to meet him in Paris
In thu morning and must go up by the
nlglit train—of a necessity, mademoi-
selle must be chaperoned upon the
Journey—and madame had elected me
to the privilege of doing It.
"That Is something I never do, mad-
ame—chaperon strange young ladies."
"Madame—if you please—one mo-
ment. See the message of the father."
She pulled out a long telegram in
French. "You see—he goes to Amer-
ica at once with his daughter. She
must be In Paris In the morning—
must, you comprehend?"
"Madame, you really must excuse me
end allow me to say bonjour. I never
chaperon strange young ladles."
With that 1 sailed off upstairs as
fast as my legs could carry me.
After what I'd said to madame and
the wny I'd treated her It never oc-
curred to me that she'd laugh at my
refusal. But It's what she did. She
simply brought the child to the station
and put her In my hands. And I saw
a pair of beautiful big round eyes and
a pair cf beautiful big braids behind—
I'd seen the braids the moment I en-
tered the station and before madame
had discovered me—and a charming,
charming little creature about fifteen,
In short frocks, and she put her little
exquisitely gloved hand In mine and
said, "Oh, do let me go with you I I'll
not cause you a bit of trouble. You
make me feel so safe and I'm so
The last came out with a little gulp,
«nd, silly old thing that I ntn about
ichlldren of Just that age—where child-
hood's world Is closing them out of Its
Innumerable protections and woman-
hood Is opening the door to the world
|of straying feet—I said, "Come on, my
^lenr," and put my arm around her,
and away we went.
Claire—she asked me to call her
by her first name—was as good as her
word. She didn't make me the least
trouble and she saved me a great deal
at the frontier, for sit# spoke both
^French and German fluently—which I
don't—and when a dingy, villainous-
looking customs official eviscerated our
compartment I was only too thankful
I had the child with me. I thought I
heard her say# "C'est ma mere," and
why she should be telling them about
er mother I couldn't make out So I
The child blushed furiously and took
"Don't be angry with me, please.
The man Insisted on knowing who you
were and I told him you were my
And actually—that will show you
the old softy I am and the way I'd
fallen In love with the little thing—
I wished It were true.
"I was so frightened," she went on,
"that I hardly knew what to do. So
I told him—I told him that"—she was
red as a rose now—"I told him that
you were the duchess de Pauncefort—
English, you know—and were travel-
ing Incognita. That's why they were
all so civil."
"Why, my dear child," I expostu-
lated. for I do hatfe unnecessary lies,
"I don't think all that was called for.
I had nothing the officers might not
have seen In welcome."
She hung her head and admitted, "I
was afraid you wouldn't like It, but
papa told me what to say In order to
'escape Indignity. You see there are
so many Russian spies passing the
frontier—some very Important ones
have been escaping with papers and
they are mostly women."
She seemed reticent about her t
ther, saying he traveled most of the
time and was In the diplomatic service
and that she and ber mother lived In
Paris. But last September dear grand-
pa had had a stroke and her mother
had to rush to America to a place
called California, and she—Claire—
was sent for safekeeping to madame's
Monsieur le pere met us at the sta-
tion. Claire saw him In the distance,
and with a cry of Joy skimmed along
the platform and Into his arms. I
came up sedately, Just as her father
set her down, and was Introduced and
Monsieur de Ravenol had an air
and a way, and the way was as con-
vincing as the air. He gave me all the
gratitude for the favor rendered that
it was worth—and I thought rather
more, and then Immediately Insisted
on my breakfasting with them.
Where monsieur took us I don't to
this day know, but It was an expen-
sive, obsequious place and he seemed
to tie at home there.
"It was when 1 was biting Into my
second roll that monsieur came out
plop—no less than that I was to take
Claire on the steamer with me and let
her share my stateroom I
Oh, it was more than a favor he was
asking—madame and himself and
Claire would be forever In my debt.
He himself had expected to sail In two
days and Join madame In New York,
but he was "recalled to court" (what
court he didn't trouble to tell me), and
he could neither take Claire with him
nor yet leave her alone In Paris. Mad-
nme de Kavenol would be awaiting
her child In New York, hence If I
could continue to keeij the girl under
my so estimable care until I delivered
her on the other side monsieur would
retain for me an everlasting gratitude.
Claire started and exclaimed,
"Papa I" when she heard he was not
sailing, and was meaning to send her
on alone, but he gave her a hard look
and a sharp sentence In what sounded
German, but I've since learned was a
dialect I couldn't be supposed to un-
derstand. All 1 got of it was a stern,
"Du must," which silenced the girl
It was that—the callous rudeness
toward me, though at the moment he
was In the very act of asking a great
favor—that nallat my resolution to
have nothing whatever to do with him
or his affairs. I replied, the moment
I got the chance, "It Is quite Impos-
sible, monsieur. I never share a state-
room with anyone."
"Ah, madame—a child—a little child
alone, alone,"—he looked at me re-
proachfully. "What shall she make
alone on that long voyage? And com-
ing to your customs house In New
York—I hear zat zey are terrible—zat
ladles receive indignities beyond be-
lief—being stripped to ze skin to be
searched by monsters In human form."
I flared up nt this—our customs
house isn't anything to give one par-
ticular pride, but It's nothing Indecent,
and I told him very flatly it was not so.
In an instant of unreserve I men-
tioned that I had a fourth cousin in
the service who always met me and
saw that I got through—he was in
charge of the Inspector who examined
baggage on the line I always took.
"Ah, how excellent it would be for
Claire to accompany you," monsieur
exclaimed with feeling. "All her anxi-
ety would zen be set at rest by vour so
estimable cousin. Surely you will not
refuse her to share your stateroom?"
I was exasperated again in a minute.
I've got Quaker blood In me, and come
from a people whose yea Is yea and
whose nay means "that settles It." I
snapped out that my stateroom was
too small even for one, In comfort.
"But I shall most gladly engage ze
largest on board for you and my
daughter," he cried, brightening. "In-
deed It Is no more zan right zat I pay
ze entire passage."
Claire started and turned furiously
red. Child as she was, she had a
breeding and a delicacy of feeling that
her father lacked. As for me, my eyes
were popping. I threw my napkin on
the table and let this Icicle slide off
my tongue; "Monsieur, I am perfectly
able to pay my way through the world
without the help of strangers," "and
wtlh that I rose, adding, 'T must say
farewell to you and your daughter. I
have many things to attend to and ray
friends are expecting me."
Monsieur and Claire immediately
followed my example In rising, mon-
sieur calling the garcon to bring the
bill and telling Claire to go with me
to the saloon. As she was leaving hs
called her back for another commu-
nication not meant for me to under-
stand. She, poor child, wasn't equal
to the task he set1, for she blurted out.
very red in the face, "Papa wants me
to beg you to take me with you—"
and then stopped and looked at the
floor, for the smile she saw In my
"I understand Just how you feel, my
denr," I said gently. "You're too beau-
tifully well bred to urge the granting
of a favor that has been and must be
"Oh, how did you know how I felt?"
she gulped, looking up with her big
eyes relieved of their embarrassment.
"It's Just how I felt, and I'm ashamed
that"—she bit her Up and kept back
what she was going to say—that her
father had asked it—and said, art-
lessly, "I love you."
She put up her face and we kissed.
That one little moment—the feeling
that she was the real thing—kept me
believing In her later In eplte of every-
thing, and when I couldn't believe In
her at all—except as the finished ac-
complice In a detestable crime.
Monsieur le pere hurried In. A
glance quite plainly passed between
them In which she told him it was no
use. Then he said the carriages were
outside, and he saw me into one and
gave the driver the name of the hotel
I told him. and I was off in n cloud of
adieus and bows and hand-waves and
whip-cracks and was presently at my
Ann was waiting for me at the hotel.
While I unpacked and washed she sat
on the bed and regaled me with the
news. "Who do you think turned up
from home last week? You'll never
guess. Billy Rivers. And he's Just
the dearest ever."
Now, ages upon ages ago Billy Riv-
ers had gone to school to me in the
year of my Initiation Into the sacred
mysteries of pedagogy In North Tona-
wanda, and I rather think—now that
I see things from the middle-aged
point of view—thr.t Billy taught me
more than I taught him. He had been
in New York now for some little time—
since his graduation—a cub reporter
on one of the big dallies.
"What's Billy doing over here?"
"His mother had a stroke or some-
thing while she was at Atx for the
buths and Billy bad to come over to
get her home. They're going Cunard
day after tomorrow if she's able tc
When I came out of my stateroom !
on the steamer the next-day-but-ou« j
after seeing my suitcase stowed the
first person my eye lighted on was—
Claire tripped *r> to me, delighted j
but a little embarrassed, and In hei j
wake followed a lady whose face wa i
very familiar, as mine was to her, and j
a smile of recognition broke out on
both of us at once and we exclaimed j
at each other, "Why, you're the Lady
of the Slippers."
Now "the slippers" were the top j
notch of my wild extravagant life In J
Paris and I'd never mentioned them
to Ann. I came by them In this wise; j
Just as I was leaving for Vevay I had j
passed a little shop on a funny little
street and in the window was a palt
of slippers. They were high over th«
Instep—so they'd keep my feet warm—
and decorated with the queerest orien-
tal pattern you ever saw, and they had
I bounced Into the shop to ask thi?
price, and at the counter stood an-
other American lady with an identical
pair in her hand. I demanded the
"One hundred and twenty-flve
francs," beamed madame, "and most
The other American woman and ]
dropped the slippers like hot cakes—
our reckless passion for spending
wasn't equal to twenty-flve dollars for
a pair of slippers. Madame came down
ten francs and Inveigled us Into trying
on the slippers.. There was a differ-
ence of half a size In the pairs and
they fitted as though they'd been made
In heaven. Madame came down ten
francs more and then knocked off five,
and we bought them at a hundred
francs a pair, laughingly telling Vach
other we'd caught each other In the
act and promising never to give each
I had liked this American woman
and should have been glad to see her
again; and here she was. She was
pleasant and unaffected, a woman of
pos Ibly forty; dark hair, black eyes,
waxy as to complexion; not what I
would call handsome but with a dis-
Claire had Introduced her as Sirs.
Delario and later the child confided
that her father had found her by ac-
cident as he had me. That he paid
her fare over as an Inducement to her
to come on this steamer—with me, I
even then surmised. Claire and she
shared the largest stateroom on
There were two other women going
over, but Mrs. Delario and I seemed
the only ones able to keep our sea
legs, while Claire stayed In her berth
for almost the entfre passage.
But the really friendly acquaintance
between Mrs. Delario and me began by
our being flung Into each other's arms
when our frisky little craft took an
unexpected dive, trying to see If she
could hit bottom with her nose. We
made profuse apologies and dropped
for safety Into the nearest chairs. I
was clutching vigorously at the arm
of mine, when she fastened her gaze
on a ring I wore, reached out and took
She said, "What a very curious
ring—It looks as though It had a his-
tory," turning It for different angles
and fumbling at It as though she meant
to draw It off.
I said It had, and she asked me to
let her take It off and try it on. I had
curled my fingers over hers to prevent
It, for I hate to have people trying on
my rings. So I shook my head and
replied, "Thnt would break the spell."
She dropped my hand Instantly;
suld, "Excuse me—I didn't know It was
that, though I felt the spell—the occult
Influence—before I touched It. You
know I think I felt It that first time
we met when we bought the slippers,
though I didn't see the ring. I felt
something occult all around you. You
are under the protection of very pow-
Those extravagant slip-
pers give the spinster quite
Keep Your Liver Active, Your
System Purified and Free From
Colds by Taking Calotabs,
the Nausealess Calomel
Tablets, that are De-
lightful, Safe and
Physicians and Druggists are advis-
ing their friends to keep th*ir systems
puri. •"d and their organ 3 in perfect
working order as a protection against
the return of influenza. They know
that a clogged up system and a lazy-
liver favor colds, influenza and serious
To cut short a cold overnight and to
prevent serious complications take on
Calotab at bedtime with a swallow of
water—that's all. No salts, no nansea,
no griping, no sickening after effects.
Next morning your cold has vanished,
your liver is active, your system is puri-
fied and refreshed and you are feeling
fine with a hearty appetite for break-
fast. Eat what you please—no danger.
Calotabs are sold only in original
sealed packages, price thijty-fiva cents.
Every druggist is authorised to refund
your money if you are not perfect!/
delighted with Calotabs.—(Adv.) «
Three Great Men.
I was making a speech at a banquet
and In the course of my remarks said,
"America has produced only three
great men—Washington, Lincoln and
I, myself " Loud laughter drowned
the rest of my remarks. I had Intend-
ed to say, "think Theodore Roosevelt."
But 'he laughter got my goat and I
had to sit down without saying any-
"California Syrup of Figs'*
Child's Best Laxative,
Accept "California" Syrup of Figs
only—look for the name California on
the package, then you are sure your
; child is having the best and most harm-
less physic for the little stomach, hver
and bowels. Children love its fruity
taste. Full directions on each bottle,
j You must say "California."—Adv.
Varied Climes, Varied Habits.
Natives of hot climates who spend
much time In the water rarely mse
soap except for a shave or shampoo.
The Esquimau Is a reckless bather
[ during the ashing season, when he is
j forced to wade to disentangle hta nets,
J but his wife and family think handling
j wet nets absolves them from further
j bathing rites.
ACT TOO OFTEN
If bothered with that form of kidney
trouble which causes too frequent or ex-
cessive passages of urine, don't expect re-
lief from medicines that are intended for
common kidney complain^ These remedies
generally are intended to increase kidney
Liquid Shu Make should always be nsed
where the kidneys arc over active during
the day or at night. It is not a cure for
all forms of kidney trouble, but is intended
for over-activity of the kidneys of both
ehildren and adults alike, especially for
children bothered with kidney actios at
Any druggist has Liquid Shu Make in
•mall and large size bottles, or will gladlj;
get it through his wholesaler for you. A dr.
Speaking of names, we heagd the
other day of a man named WiHIam
Arrimee, and every time he told It
to a woman she took It for u proposal.
(TO BK CONTINUED.)
A man thinking or working Is always
alone, let him be where he will. Soli-
tude Is not measured by the miles of
space that Intervene between a man
and his fellows.—Thoreau
Don't Forget Cuticura Talcum
When ndding to your toilet requisites.
An exquisitely scented face, skin, bnby
and dusting powder and perfume, ren-
dering other perfumes superfluous.
You mny rely on it because one of the
Cuticura Trio (Soap, Ointment and
Talcum). 25c ench everywhere.—Adv.
The smaller a man's mind, the long-
er it takes him to make it vp.
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