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THE WAYNESVILLE MOUNTAINEER
The Mandarin House Murders'
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i considered Marya
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Mker geunine anxiety, she
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u doing and had said no
thin ihe bad to while enlist
uervices. She had been rath
rer t the door of the Cercle
if when he had inquired their
ition. All she had volunteered
"?lease follow me, Captain,
ke you to Mr. King's room."
Hustle ecreeched, a silver kara
edon the Sikh's wrist gleamed
ben the traffic again gathered
item to further unroll the
ring panorama of the Bund,
noises, stilled by the down
began again. -
Ma wanchee?" Heavy laden
coolies were bawling, "Hai
lai yo!" "Fa tsal locyehl"
A droves of incredibly ragged
in cringing before belated
ai in evening clothes. On the
idewalk outside of Blanchi's
i ten officers and some slim
ion girls in evening wraps
without much succees, trying
at cab. '
lathe Taiwan Bank lay be-
uneks from the ungreased
nf produce laden wheelbar
tortared tile eardrums more
atly and soon the rickshaw
i wail of "Way for the dis
ihed foreigner" became min-
Mtk drowsy river "noises drif t
l from the Whangpoo.
By VAN WYCK MASON
Marya Gallian's rickshaw sped
smoothly past the - North China
Building and then the Palace Ho
tel, and North 'began to wonder
whether her destination was the
Yangtzepoo quarters. He hoped
not; half an hour was the most he
could at present devote to her prob
lems. The Cathay's glowing tower
loomed brifly overhead and the
clairnets of a jazz band blaring
away within it for a while pene
trated the traffic roar. Just as
lights of the Mandarin House shone
ahead the leading rickshaw swerv
ed and, to North's sharp surprise,
swung into the curb before it.
Promptly his interest in Marya Gal
lian achieved a new high, for he dis
tinctly heard her call out, "Chan
cho! Makee stop!"
"And she's never been to
China!" A thin smile flitted over
the Intelligence Captain's lean vis
age. "Well, well."
Deeply intrigued, he watched her
grip her rickshaw's handles against
the coolie's sudden dropping of the
shafts which nasty little habit will
pitch an unwary traveler neatly
onto the pavement.
"Your fiance is staying here?"
North inquired while interposing
an arm between her and an M. P.,
busy hauling an hilarious gob away
te some hoosegow.
Under the hotel's great steel and
glass awning, Marya Gallian cast
one darting look about her before
she nodded and gathered her even
ing cape so high as to effectively
mask her features.
"Yes, Room 13111 think Phil
said. Oh, dear, I'm so worried."
And this was one statement of
hers which the man from G-2 saw
no reason to doubt.
It was, North preceived, a neat
dilemma in which he now found
himself. Waiting for him inside
would be Sir Guy Huntingden, Ma
jor Kilgour of the British Intelli
gence and probably that fat little
lump of Oriental wisdom, Inspector
Chao Ku. Especially he hoped Chao
Ku would be on hand. Very little
went on in Shanghai which escaped
the S. M. P. detective's ears.
When they gained the lobby,
"Please wait for me in the wom
en's lounge, Miss Gallian; better
take a magazine or a paper. I may
be gone some minutes."
' "I'd much rather go with you
Dott't you see? I must find out
what's happened as quickly as I
can." Her skilfully tinted lips be
came crushed between small white
teeth. "Please let me go with you."
"You will do as I say," North in
sisted politely but definitely he
really needed to get oriented. "Ill
be back shortly."
Bowing to occasional acquai
tance, North was nearing the ele
vators when an assistant manager
came up and in a stagey undertone
"You're Captain North, arent
fcThe police are waiting for you
iu room 131Li Please come with
me." : " --
1311! A small buzzing sensation
made itself manifested in Hugh
North's finger tips.
"1311? A bad luck number and
a good one. Quite the happy me
dium in room numbers."
"It wasn't very happy for Mr.
A - i j i.
a suaaen realization struck
North like the warning buzz of a
rattlesnake and his long stride
slowed a little. "What name did you
"The man who er, who hanged
himself registered as Mr, King
Phillip King. Gave his address as
"Mr. King took the room alone ?"
"Yes, sir. Why do you ask?"
"I had an impression that some
one of a different name had taken
"I could check up, sir, It'd take
only a minute."
"No. Never mind it's my mis
Odd, he mused as the elevator
shot upwards, if he had been dis
posed to accept Miss Gallian's ten
thousand pounds and he never
had been it seemed as if he had
already earned it. So Luther
Adams and Miss Gallian's Phillip
King were not strangers? How in
teresting. How very interesting.
The assistant manager, in pec
cable in his neat dinner coat, rapped
gently on the panels of a door
marked 1311 and called, "Captain
North is here, gentlemen,"
A broad beam of light sprang
out into the hall when the door
opened. Simultaneously the assist
ant manager emitted a sharp
"Oh, lord! Look at that!"
Cast ever so high upon a wall
within, the silhouette of a human
head and shoulders was etched in
sharp relief. From the base of the
bent head a thin dark line arose to
eventually lose itself in a long tan
gent across the ceiling.
V'How horrible! How perfectly
ghastly!" North's companion fum
bled at his own throat as if it, too
were constricted. - ,.
(To be Continued)
Letters To The
Editor The Mountaineer:
The news of the death of my old
friend James McLean brings sad
ness to one who has known him
long and well. In all the 50 years
that he has lived in Waynesville,
I never knew him to do other than
the honest and square and right
thing. He was a man of straiglit-
up-and-down character and integ
rity, and this he put into his life
and work. Years ago, David Gudg-
er and I built our home on the old
home place adjacent to Mrs. Annie
G. Quinlan. Jim McLean did much
of the outside and most of the in
side work, and today the fine
quality of his work speaks for
Here is an incident which shows
just what manner of man he Was,
We were paying our union carpen
ters 10-hours pay for 9-hour day,
but they struck because we would
not pay them for an extra four
hours which they did not wor.
Jim, who was president of the
union, refused to quit work saying
"I have never taken wages lor
work that I have not done, I have
always given a man a day' work
for a day's pay,"
It may not be generally known
that Jim McLean is partly respon
sible for our present fine system
of waterwork. Some of us remem ber
when our water came from a
mudhole on the road to Eagles
Nest. While Mr. George W. Maslin
lived in Waynesville and had a
bank in the library building (whi)h
he built), he and Jim McLean were
on the board of aldermen. During
their term of office new water
works were planned with an intake
on Rocky Branch above Maggie's
on Allen's Creek.
To put in the water line a com
pany was formed of local men who
knew no more about the job than
Jim did. Mr. Maslin had had ex
perience with able contractors
putting in waterworks in oth'i
towns where he had lived. Against
strong opposition and the cry "Keep
the money at home," George W.
Maslin and Jim McLean voted the
job to the "foreign" contractors,
who did the town a splendid job
even if they made no money on it.
Explaining his action Jim said to
me, "I knew that Mr. Maslin had
had experience with building wa
terworks and I had great confidence
The Law Requires Tliat We
Advertise and Sell All Prop
erty On Which Taxes Have
Not Been Paid
TOWN OF WAYN ESVILLE
JOHN BOYD, Tax Collector
Ratcliff Cove News
Mrs. James Swayngim has as her
guest this week Mrs, Tnurman
Woods, of Highlands.
Glenn Francis returned to Fort
Bragg Sunday after visiting his
Miss Oberia and Miss Ruth Rat-
cliff, of Asheville, spent the week
end here with their parents.
Rev. and Mrs. Brouton and
daughter, Karis, ol Weddington,
were the guests during the week
cf Mr. and Mrs. W. VV. Jones.
in him. So I voted with him and
I made no mistake."
When I go to the Methodist
church in Waynesville on Septem
ber 7 next, dear old Jim will not be
there on the steps to give me a
hearty handshake and a warm wel
come. Nor in the church will I see
him take up the collection at he
has for long years past. And I
shall hurt worse inside than I do
now. He was my friend for 50
years, and I cannot let him go to
his grave without putting on rec
ord in the home paper some state
ment of the solid qualities of char
acter and integrity that were his
all the long years of his life.
E. W. GUDGQTR.
In a recent auction sale held
in the Corn Belt, 41 head of Short
horns made an average of (1,070,
which established a 20 year record
over all breeds.
Fourteen bulls made an avera
ace of sl.766. the highest price
paid being $4,500. The 27 fe
males averaged $705. From this
same herd a bull recently sold at
private treaty for $7,500.
These cattle Were from the fu
mous Edellyn herd which has been
using the best cattle obtainable for
seed stock. Their present sire,
Imparted Calrassie Mercury was
193938 Perth .(Scotland) Supreme
r.hnmnion and . was sired by a
Perth Supreme Champion whose
first calf was also 1941 Perth Su
Haywood county can also de
mand good prices for breeding
cattle if they produce the best.
Rev. Brouton is a former pastor
of Elizabeth Chapel. :
Rally Day was held at Eliza
beth Chapel Sunday morning with
a program presented by the mem
bers of Bible class. After the
program a picnic lunch was en
Last year North Carolina lay
ers were credited with a total
egg production of 670,000 or 188
per person, reports the State De
partment of Agriculture.
U. S. Plane To Carry i,
Sixty Men Being Built
NEW YORK Construction of a
new-type, thirty-seven-ton trans
port plane, capable of oxrying
sixty fully-equipped oldiera, with
hour, by the Lockheed Corpora
tion of Burbank, Cal., has been
reported in aviation circles.
No one ever saved enough at
the store on tooth, brushes and
tooth paste to buy store teeth.
FRIDAY, JULY 4
SATURDAY, JULY 5
In Observance Of
By Proclamation Of The Governor
Being Legal Holidays, the First National Bank
Will Transact No Business On These Dates
"lU QiUnAUf, Bank"
first National Bank
Mtmber Federal Deposit Ineurane Corporation
$5,000 Maximum Insunance For Each Depositor)
I WAYNESVILLE M aTOl l
2 Sales Dailv. 10:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. U
Never before have we had such a complete collection of Art objects
Fine Diamonds Sterling Antique English Silver French Serve LiMoges Haviland China Bohemian
Ruby Glass Cappi Di-Monti Art Pieces Genuine Mineton Antiques Beautiful Lamps Fine Oriental Rugs
Imported Linens and Laces. A visit io our Gallery is a trip through wonderland.
Three Doors From
To our Old Friends and Patrons we extend a personal invitation to attend our auction sales
Beautiful Gifts Will Be Given Away At Each Sale ;
Auctioneer, Joseph Benson
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