The Seminole County News (Seminole, Okla.), Vol. 16, No. 52, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 15, 1923 Page: 3 of 8
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IRSDAY, MARCH 15. 1923
THI SEMINOLE COUNTY NEWS
The Blind Man’s Eyes
Gabriel Warden, Seattle capital-
ist, tells his butler he is expecting
a caller, to be admitted without
Question. He Informs hla wife of
danger that threatens him If he
pursues a course he considers the
only honorable one. Warden leaves
the house In his car and meets a
man whom he takes into the ma-
chine. When the car returns home,
Warden Is found dead, murdered,
and alone. The caller, a young
man, has been at Warden’s house,
but leaves unobserved. Bob Con-
nery, conductor, receives orders to
hold train for a party. Five men
and a girl board the train, the
Copyright by Little, Brown and Company
The remnlnlng man, carrying his
own grips, set them down In the gate
and felt In his pocket for his transpor-
This person had appeared suddenly
after the line of four had formed In
front of old Snmmy at the gate; he
had tnken his place with them only
after scrutiny of them. Uls ticket
was a strip which originally had held
coupons for the Pacific voyage and
Borne Indefinite Journey In Asia be-
fore; unlike the Englishman’s—and
his baggage did not bear the pasters
of the Nippon Yusen Kalsha—the
ticket was close to the date when It
would have expired. It bore upon the
line where the purchaser signed, the
name “Philip D. Eaton” In plain, vig-
orous characters without shading or
As a sudden eddy of the gale about
the shed blew the ticket from old
Sammy’s cold fingers, the young man
stooped to recover It. The wind blew
off his cloth cap as he did so, and as
he bent and straightened before old
Sammy, the old man suddenly gasped;
and while the traveler pulled on his
cap, recovered his ticket and hurried
down the platform to the train, the
gatemnn stood staring after him as
though trying to recall who the man
presenting himself us Philip D. Eaton
Connery stepped beside the old man.
“Who Is it, Sammy?” he demanded.
“Who?” Sammy repeated. His eyes
were still fixed on the retreating fig-
ore. “Who? I don’t know."
The gateman mumbled, repeating
to himself the names of the famous,
the great, the notorious, In his effort
to fit one to the man who had Just
passed. No one else belated and
bound for the Eastern Express was In
eight. The president’s order to the
conductor and to the dispatcher sim-
ply had directed that Number Five
would run one hour late; It must leave
In five minutes; and Connery, guided
by the impression the man last
through the gate had made upon him
and old Sammy both, had no doubt
that the man for whom the train had
been held was now on board.
Connery went out to the train. The
passengers who had been parading the
platform had got aboard; the last five
to arrive also had disappeared Into the
Pullmans, and their luggage hud been
thrown Into the baggage car. Connery
The three who had passed the gate
®rst—the girl, the man with the
glasses and the young man In tha cut-
away—It had now become clear were
one party. They had had reservations
made, apparently, in the name of
Dome; the girl’s address to the spec-
tacled man made plain that he was
her father; her name, apparently, was
Harriet; the young man In the cut-
away coat was “Don” to her and
“Avery” to her father. His relation,
while Intimate enough to permit him
to address the girl as "Hnrry," was
unfailingly respectful to Mr. Dome;
and against them both Dome won his
way; his daughter was to occupy the
drawing room; he and Avery were to
have sections In the open car.
“You have Sections One and Three,
Sir," the Pullman conductor told him.
And Dome directed the porter to put
Avery’s luggage In Section One, his
own In Section Three.
The Englishman was sent to Section
Four In Car ff hree—the next car for-
ward-anil departed at the heels of
the porter. Connery watched more
closely, ns now It came the turn of the
young man whose ticket bore the
name of Enton. Eaton had no reser-
vation In the sleepers; he appeared,
however, to have some preference as
to where he slept.
“Give me a Three, If you have one,”
be requested of the Pull Ann conduc-
tor. His voice, Connery noted, was
well modulated, rather deep, distinct-
ly pleasant. At sound of It, Dome,
who with his daughter’s help was set-
tling himself In his section, turned and
looked that way and said something
In a low tone to the girl. Harriet
Dome also looked, and with her eyes
on Enton, Connery saw her reply In-
audibly, rapidly and at some length.
“I can give yod Three In Car Three,
opposite the gentleman I Just as-
signed," the Pullman conductor of-
“That'll do very well,” Eaton an-
swered In the same pleasant voice.
_ As the porter now took his bags.
Faton followed him out of the car.
Connery went nfter them Into the next
car. He expected, rnther, that Eaton
would at once Identify himself to him
as the passenger to whom President
Jnrvls' short note had referred Ea-
ton, however, paid no attention to him.
but was busy taking off his coat and
settling himself in his section aa Con-
The conductor, willing that Haton
should choose his own time for Iden-
tifying himself, passed slowly on, look-
ing over the passengers as he went.
He stood for a few moments In con-
versation with the dlnlng-car conduc-
tor; then he retraced his way through
the train. He again passed Eaton,
slowing so that the young man could
speak to him If he wished, and even
halting an Instant to exchange a word
with the Englishman; hut Eaton al-
lowed him to pass on without speak
Ing to him. Connery’s step quickened
as he entered the next car on his way
back to the smoking compartment of
the observation car, where he expect-
ed to compare sheets with the Pull
man conductor before taking up the
tickets. As he entered this car, how-
ever, Avery stopped him.
"Mr. Dome would like to speak to
you,” Avery said.
Connery stopped beside the section,
where the man with the spectacles sat
“Give Me a Three, If You Have One,"
I He Requested of the Pullman Con-
with his daughter. Dome looked up
“You are the train conductor V he
“Yes, sir,” Connery replied.
Dome fumbled In his Inner pocket
and brought out a card-ease, which
he opened, and produced a card. Con-
nery, glancing at the card while the
other still held It, saw that It was
President Jarvis' visiting card, with
the president’s name In engraved
block letters; across Its top was writ-
ten briefly In Jarvis’ familiar hand,
"This is the passenger"; and below,
It was signed with the same scrawl
of Initials which had been on the note
Connary had received that morning—
"H. R, J.”
Connery's hand shook as, while try-
ing to recover himself, he took the
casd and looked at It more closely,
and he felt within him the sinking
sensntlon which follows an escape
from danger. He saw that his too
ready and too assured assumption
that Eaton was the mnn to whom Jar-
vis' note had referred, had almost led
him into the sort of mistake which Is
unpardonable In a “trusted" man; he
had come within an ace, he realized,
of speaking to Eaton and so betray-
ing the presence on the trnln of a
traveler whose journey his superiors
were trying to keep secret.
“You need, of course, hold the train
no longer," Dome said to Connery.
“Yes, sir; I received word from Mr.
Jarvis about you, Mr. Dome. I shall
follow his instructions fully.”
As he went forward agnln after the
train was under way, Connery tried
to recollect how It was thnt lie had
been led Into such a mistake, and de-
fending himself, he laid it all to old
Sammy. But old Sammy was not
often mistaken In his Identifications.
If Enton was not the person for whom
the trnln was held, might he be some-
one else of Importance? Now as lie
studied Eaton, he could not Imagine
what had made him accept this pas-
senger ns a person of great position.
It was only when he passed Eaton a
third time, half an hour later, when
the train had long left Seattle, that
the half-shnped hazards and guesses
about the passenger suddenly sprang
Into form. Allowing for a change of
clothes and a.different way of brush-
ing his hair, Eaton was exactly the
man whom Warden had expected at
his house and who had come there
and waited while Warden, away In his
car, was killed.
Connery was walking back through
the train, absent-minded In trying to
decide whether he could he at all sure
of this; and trying to decide what he
should do If he felt sure, when Mr.
Dome stopped him.
"Conductor, do you happen to
know,” he questioned, "who the young
man Is who took Section Three In the
Connery gasped; hut the question
put to him the Impossibility of his
being sure of any recognition from the
description. "He gave his name on
his ticket as Philip I). Eaton, sir,"
“Is that all you know about him?"
“If you find out anything about him,
let me know," Dome hade.
“Yes, air." Connery determined to
let nothing Interfere with learning
more of Eaton; Dome's request only
gave him added responsibility.
Dome, however, was not depending
upon Connery alone for further Infor-
mation. As soon as the conductor
had gone, he turned back to his
daughter and Avery upon the seat op-
“Avery," he said In a tone of direc-
tion, “I wish you to get In conversa-
tion with this Philip Enton. It will
probably be useful If y6u let Harriet
talk with him too. She would get Im-
pressions helpful to me which you
The girl started with surprise but
recovered at once. “Yes, Father,” she
“What, sir?" Avery ventured to pro-
Miss Dome Meets Eaton.
Dome motioned Avery to the aisle,
where already some of the passengers,
having settled their belongings In
their sections, were beginning to wan-
der through the cars seeking ac-
quaintances or players to make up a
card game. Eaton took from a bag
a hnndful of cigars with which he
filled a plain, unlnttlaled cigar case,
and went toward the club and obser-
vation car In the rear. As he passed
through the sleeper next to him—the
last one—Harriet Dome glanced up
at him and spoke to her father; Dome
nodded but did not look up.
The observation room was nearly
empty. The only occupants were a
young woman who was reading a mag-
azine, and an elderly man. Eaton
chose a seat as far from these two as
He had been there only a few min-
utes, however, when, looking up, he
saw Harriet Dome and Avery enter
the room. They passed him, engaged
In conversation, and stood by the rear
door looking out Into the storm. It
was evident to Eaton, although he did
not watch them, that they were argu-
ing something; the girl seemed Insist-
ent, Avery Irritated and unwilling.
Her manner showed that she won her
point finally. She seated herself In
one of the chairs, and Avery left her.
He wandered, as If aimlessly, to the
reading table, turning over the maga-
zines there; abandoning them, he
gazed about as If bored; then, with a
wholly casual manner, he came
toward Eaton and took the seat be-
"Rotten weather, isn’t It?” Avery
observed somewhat ungraciously. •
Eaton could not well avoid a reply.
“It’s been getting worse," he com-
mented, “ever since we left Seattle.”
'We’re running Into It, apparently."
Again Avery looked toward Eaton and
"Yes—lucky If we get through."
The conversation on Avery’s part
was patently forced; and It was
equally forced on Eaton’s; neverthe-
less It continued. Avery Introduced
the war and other subjects upon which
men, thrown together for a time, are
accustomed to exchange opinions. But
Avery did not do It easily or natu-
rally; he plainly was of the caste
whose pose It Is to repel, not seek,
overtures toward a chance acquaint-
ance. Ills lack of practice was per-
fectly obvious when nt last he asked
directly: “Beg pardon, but I don't
think I know your name.”
Enton was obliged to give It.
“Mine’s Avery," the other offered;
“perhaps you heard It when we were
getting our berths assigned.”
And again the conversation, enjoyed
by neither of them, went on. Finally
the girl nt the end of the car rose and
passed them, as though leaving the
car. Avery looked up.
"Where are you going, Harry?"
“I think someone ought to be with
“I'll so In just a minute.”
She had halted almost In front of
them. Avery, hesitating as though he
did not know whnt he ought to do,
finally arose; and as Enton observed
that Avery, having Introduced him-
self, appeared now to consider It his
duty to present Enton to Harriet
Dome, Enton nlso arose. Avery mur-
mured the names. Harriet Dome,
resting her hnnd on the back of
Avery’s chair, Joined In the conver-
satlon. As he replied enslly nnd In-
terestedly to a comment of Eaton’s,
Avery suddenly reminded her of her
father. After a minute, when Avery
—still ungracious nnd still Irritated
over something which Eaton could not
guess—rnther abruptly left them, she
took Avery’s seat; and Eaton dropped
Into his chair beside her.
Now, this whole proceeding—though
within the convention which, forbid-
ding a girl to mnke a man’s acquaint-
ance directly, snys nothing against
her making It through the medium of
another man—had been so unnatu-
rally done that Eaton understood that
Harriet Dome deliberately had ar-
ranged to make his acquaintance, and
thnt Avery, angry and objecting, had
She seemed to Enton less alertly
boyish now than she had looked an
hour before when they had hoarded
the trnln. Her cheeks were smoothly
rounded, her lips rather full, her
lashes very long. He could not look
up without looking directly at her, for
her chair, which had not been moved
since Avery left It. was at an angle
with his1 own. • -•
To avoid the appearance of study-
ing her too openly, he turned slightly,
so that his gaze went past her to the
white turmoil outside the windows.
“It’s wonderful," she said, “Isn’t It?"
"Too mean the stormr A twinkle
of amusement came to Eaton's eyes.
“It would be more Interesting If It
allowed a little more to be seen. At
present there Is nothing visible but
“Is thnt the only way It affects you?
An artist would think of It as a back-
ground for contrasts—a thing to
sketch or paint; a writer as something
to be written down In words.”
Eaton understood. She could not
more plainly have asked him what he
"And an engineer, I suppose," ha
said, easily, “would think of It only as
an element to be Included In hla fop- [
mulaa—an x, or an a, or a b, to be
put In somewhere and square-rooted
or squnred so that the roof-truss he
was figuring should not buckle under ;
“Oh—so that Is the way you were
thinking of ltr
"You mean," Eaton challenged her
directly, "am I an engineer?"
“Oh, no; I was only talking In pure
generalities, Just as you were."
“Let us go on, then," she said gayly. |
“I see I can't conceal from you that
I am doing you the honor to wonder
what you are. A lawyer would think
of It In the light of damage It might
create and the subsequent possibilities
of litigation." She made a little pause.
“A business man would take It Into
account, as he has to take Into account
all things In nature or human; It
would delay transportation, or harm
or aid the winter wheat.”
“Or stop competition somewhere,"
he observed, more Interested.
The flash of satisfaction which cama
to her face and aa quickly was
checked and faded showed him she
thought she was on the right track.
“Business,” she said, still lightly,
“will—how Is It the newspapers put
It?—will marshal Its cohorts; It will
send out Its generals In command of
brigades of snowplows, Us colonels In
command of regiments of snow shov-
elers and Its spies to discover and to
bring hack word of the effect upon tha
“You talk," he said, “as If business
were a war.”
“Isn't It?—like war, but war In
“In higher terms?” he questioned,
attempting to make his tone like hers,
but a sudden bitterness now was be-
trayed by It. “Or In lower?”
“Why, In higher,” she declared, "de-
manding greater courage, greater de-
votion, greater determination, greater
self-sacrifice. Recruiting officers can
pick any man off the streets and make
a good soldier of him, but no one
could be so sure of finding a satisfac-
tory employee In that way. Doesn’t
that show that dally life, the every-
day business of earning a living and
bearing one's share In the workaday
world, demands greater qualities than
Her face had flushed eagerly as she
spoke; a darker, livid flush answered
her words on his.
“Hut the opportunities for evil are
greater, too,” he asserted almost
fiercely. "How many of those men you
speak of on the streets have been de-
liberately, mercilessly, even savagely
sacrlflcd to some business expediency,
their future destroyed, their hope
killed 1" Some storm of passion,
whose meaning she could not divine,
was sweeping him.
“You mean,” she asked after an in-
She Had Halted Almost in Front of
stant’s silence, “that you, Mr. Eaton,
have been sacrificed In such a way?"
“I am still talking In generalities,”
he denied Ineffectively.
lie saw that she sensed the un-
truthfulness of these last words. Her
smooth young forehead and her eyes
were shadowy with thought. Eaton
was uneasily silent. Finally Harriet
Dome seemed to have niade her de-
"I think you should meet my father,
Mr. Eaton," she said. “Would you
He did not reply at once. He knew
that his delay was causing her to
study him now with grent surprise.
“I would like to meet him, yes," he
said, “but"—he hesitated, tried to
avoid answer without offending her,
but nlready be had affronted her—
“but not now, Miss Dorne."
She stared at him, rebuffed and
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