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THE WAYNESVILLE MOUNTAINEER
THE fURGOTTEN FLEET MYSTERY"
py van wycis. maaun
"I have to find that jewelry, it's
it's" She looked away. "Oh well,
111 be frank about it. The doctor
said mother has a spot on her lung
and our dreadful little Bronx apart
ment isn't doing it a bit of good."
"Very likely not. How did you
get your jobs cn these boata7"
"A friend of the family had in
fluence with the Shipping Board.
Th nnlv wav it could be managed
was to present Connolly as my
father. It's queer simply incred
ibleto thing of him lying over
there like that." She Juddered a
little and fell silent
"And that's the whole yarn?"
"Yes, so if, as I suspect, you are a
confederate of Ehrenkrriet or Kraus,
there's nothing I can do about it
I I've reached the end of my
rope." She looked up suddenly.
"Who told you about the jewels?"
"I read about them seemed like
a good bet," was all Colby said as
he got up and commenced to pace
thoughtfully back and forth over
the cabin's worn green carpet.
While an ever .stronger wind rat
tled the door and sent cold draughts
across the flow, the girl watched
Colby's brows rreop closer together.
At last he halted in front of her.
"Look htre. Now that Connolly's
dead you do need help. So do I.
How about a partnership?"
Geneva Kent eyed him an instant
and then shrugged and when she
spoke her voice sounded extremely
weary- "Let's hear your proposi
tion, though of course I realize you
can, and 'probably will, take every
thing if the jewels are found."
"We'll settle the share question
later. What I want to know now
is who killed Connolly? What about
The girl sent a long plume of
smoke whirling across the cabin.
"I liave had no reason to distrust
"When did you hire him?"
"I didn't; Mears had been on
these boats half a year before we
came and that's four months ago."
The smooth of her forehed ;became
wrinkled. '11 have noticed recently,
fWivh t.hnt he's been SDendincr a
lot of time on the Mount Vernon
since the first watchman 'disap
peared." "Do you happen to have any
pictures 'of either Ehrenbriet or
"Yes. vConnolly was thorough.
He wrote for some to the Berlin Po
lice. I'll get them." While she
spoke Geneva Benet crossed to an
other desk and, pulling a key from
around her neck, unlocked a drawer
and then a small steel dispatch box.
A moment later the gaunt figurt in
gray and the lesser one in brown
bent over the desk.
"It's a cinch neither of them is
the man Connolly shot," Colby pro
nounced. "Since you've played fair
with me. Sister, let's see if you can
make anything of this stuff I took
off of the man in the gray suit."
From a side pocket he produced a
number of objects. Beside a few
keys, some change and a jack-knife,
lettpre. Krtth bearing
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German postmarks and addressed
to err Otto W. Vrgl, rianiers
"C.stn vou read it?" the girl in
quired." "I can but mine's pretty
.He was studying the first and
briefer of the missives.
"This one is asking dear Otto to
repay a loan; and the other " his
eyes briefly flitted over the script
and halted suddenly. "Hell, listen
" 'Lieber Otto:
"This is to tell you that sEitel
Kraus is at burttidead. Even to the
end he believed the doctors could
cure him. 1 was with him the
night he diwd. Poor, fellow he had
no lungs left at all. When he knew
he was going he said, "tell Utto
he must share with Maria. Tell him
to hecareful, as Hermann' "
"Hermann?" Colby's eyebrows
lifted in interrogation ' whereat the
girl nodded quickly, "Yes, that was
Ehrenbrn't's first name.'
"Hermann sailed last week."
"And that, Sister," Colby grunt
ed as he put down the letter, "lifts
the veil of ignorance, as Mark
Twain said about the schoolmarm's
"I must be stunid. but I don t
understand," confessed the girl.
"It looks this way to me: vogei,
whn was killed r.onieht. was Kraus'
pal. Kraus was evidently too sick
to come on the job himseli. this
note also tells us another significant
story Vogel had rivals."
"That's bad," said Geneva Benet.
. - .RAP BOOK
"It. is "
"Colhv continued to thoughtfully
rearrange sundry objects on the
deskftefore him. "What Id UKe to
knnur inwas Votrel alone? And
did Connolly really kill him? You
p it mirht have tieen someDoay
else. .A greedy confederate or
"Maybe the answer is here." She
plucked up . the key stamped No
"More likely in this." From a
leather wallett Colby drew sev
eral German and American bank
nntea and then a new German pass
port duly stamped and viseed. He
pulled it out and pouncea upon a
inimM nf rhean Daner which flut
tered to the floor. On it someone
in a very shaky hand had written a
single enigmatic sentence:
"Das Geheimniss ist 1m Besets
der dritten Jungfras nicht weiss,
nichts gelb oder rot"
"Translated it says: "The secret
lies with the third girl, not white,
not yellow nor red. "
Across the lamp lit desk their
eyes met in blank bewilderment.
"Oh dear! And I thought it was
going to be a real help," the girl
sighed. "What do you mane oi it t
"The 'secret' he mentions of
course may refer to the jewelry
but this 'third girr stun doesn't
make sense we've drawn a dud,"
pronounced the ex-soldier. "Where
would you find a gal lite tnat out
side of Harlem'? Besides " he
paused and a gleam sprang into
his eyes that faded as quickly as it
appeared, "it's probably a cypher
of some kind and 1 haven't got
time to waste n 5t, there's some
work to be done on the Mount
There was also a faraway look
on Geneva Bunetf's face as she
murmured very softly to herself:
'Neither white nor yellow nor
"You do think it means some
thing," she accused.
"I don't," said he repocketing the
miscellany, "But I've just had an
idea and Pm going back to the
Mount Vernon to see if I rri right.
' I m coming with you
He hesitated a lontr second then
"Okay, Sister," said he. "I'd just
as soon keep and eye on you."
When Donald Uolby and Geneva
Benet quitted the moon-eilvered
MrmttrfiTln it was not hv the ran?
plank 'they had previously tra
versed, but by walking over one and
stoaidv'hTir themselves bv another of
the ponderous chains securing the
rusting Dow oi one Dattered ocean
crevhniinrl tn the sun-blistered
stern of the next. It had amazed
him to see how easily this remark
able girl accomplished the danger-
oim fcsrt. '
Pantinc anrl wininc t.inv flak-pa
of ntst from their faces, the two
nanRnrl. nam atuned for the. slieht-
nat annnd ahnve the, rarniRnp1 coin
scroll work on the Mount Vernon's
stern where a tiny deck afforded a
By RJ. SCOTT
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directly above that porthole from
which the reflected light seemed to
'Keep your eyes skinned," Colby
commanded and, grimly intent,
swung over the rail to lower him
self to arm's length, witn tne ease
of a trained gymnast, and thus
obtain a view of a porthole but
jjJiBtiA M R1DIH
convenient landing place. In the
old days it must have been assigned
to the use of third-class passengers.
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While they rested COlby ponaerea
his next move, no easy task since
during the last half hour so much
vital and bewildering information
had come to light a fortune! Guess
would do no harm, but a wrong
guess he'd rather not dwell on
'that. Two hundred and fifty thous
and dnllars. That, was more monev
than he'd seen in well, a long, long
What, had Kraus. dvinir 'wav over
there in Germany' meant by the
'third maiden not red. not yellow.
nor white?" That fugitive gleam in
Geneva Benet's eye had not escaped
him. The enigmatic sentence had
meant something to her. If she
knew, he intended to be on ' hand
when she revealed said knowledge.
A quarter of a million! Apparently
Vogel had been busy wnen tne
Dark Angel had forever put a
period to his labors; the chisel and
the jimmy left little room lor
doubt Rut Voxel's initial delay in
seizing the treasure wag puzzling
until Golby reasoned tnat tne gun
man must have received the slip
written in that jerky handwriting
when already in America. Yes,
Vogel also had been trying to in
tercent Kraus ambicuous screed.
"What are we going to ao7" The
19 , t
you dorit know
how far your tires
they will go a lot
farther than you
nr'a lino ware so close to his ear
that their soft warmth brushed it
and he felt an inexplicable wave oi
hot color surge into his face. Lucky
it was dark.
"T think mavbe we'd better go
1 . i .i 1 j. i.
on," he muttered, "ougnt iu gei.
some kind of a line on this other
"What ahont Mears? Are you go
in tn trust, him?" The Dale oval
nf thp lovplv features was now dis-
tractingly close it seemed almost
lustrous seen as it now was in a
"I think so, but never mind him
nniv ' rpnlipH the scarred individu
al in the ragged tunic, who also
wanted to make sure that oeneva
Rpnpt. and Mears had small oppor
for a nrivate conference.
She had been very convincing and
annealincr back there on the Monti-
cello but still they went forward
in complete silence and were about
amidshio when her hand closed con
vulsively on his arm.
"Look!" She breathed excitedly,
pointing to the high sided Amerika.
Do you see that?"
Colby nodded. There was no
Hnnht that, ravs of licht were beinsr
very faintly reflected on the flank
ing gray paint of the liner just
beyond. Crossing to port side the
turn ailpnt.lv made their wav for
ward until they found themselves
THURSDAY, AUGUST l;
7 Haywood Men
Enlist In Navy
r.i:-t j. .
Carolina during the mj ?
Ui lue Asneviue retruitisTJ
announced yesterday -
(Thief Ro.l,n-.,;ii, , I
that the following'
were among those acwmJT H
AsheviUe office last monrt.
'Gerald riuui , ...
Seith Crawford Wood f gT I
Guston King, ton of Will x 3
King, of Canton- pStH
were greater than ever ?Ji
Haywood definite, H
UUUtiil - tr" -i ,v- j TOMiiVI
inefficiently shrouded by a ff nU1
f .. It was a stronsr Yent' Chief W. 5. BasvJSM
, 7 , . . -.I- v Of the Ahvill.
yellow lignt Dealing inruugu uu
a dozen little holes in tne canvas
which had attracted the Benet
girl's attention. To his deep dis
appointment he could see nothing,
though a steady tapping noise ana
the sound of muffled voices spurr
ed his anxious curiosity.
"What was it? What's going
on?"" Her cold little hand caught
at his arm the instant he swung
back np on deck.
"Couldn't tell. They're doing
some kind of work. I don't under
stand it" ' .
She fixed on him eyes great with
excitement. "Why should tn
all this work on D deck? The
sage said" She fell abruptly
silent and Colby grinned to himself .
A notable slip!
Barely in time she had clung to
her secret. It occurred to him that
to more firmly win her confidence
might be the shortest road to tne
(To be Continued)
The movie actress who moons
doesn't become a star.
King, of Canton; paul JohT5
son son of John Wesk, ciJ
u; naney M anion TJ
inn nf Jntann n -
wv yu uirnn Tgu
ton: Zan r,rp- Pn l..', 4
they do lTwrythey Hall, of Caw
'he mes- ?.ePh Pnt4 Kk m of 4
abruptly .- "lcn0'8, oi WsynenflJ
I r lOT HuUliAxi.ll ii 1
viae will in.
in Waynesville on August t
19 at the court house. He iH
be in Canton on August 20 it
Citv hall, for th n,,,n.. .
viewing the friends and relit
f4 rhaa . c
vx mv oc uuji a.
Any young men who wish to
tho tklnnir fin.. t .
iy wno are now serving
navy can discuss enlistment J
vmv. i me men.
IN THE INFANTRY they say
TOP KICK for first sergeant
SlEAP 8UCKCT for new steel helmet
CMOW 0 for their food
CAMEL for their
The favorite cigarette wich men
in the Army. Ntvy, Marine,
and Coast Guard i Camel.
( Based on actual lales records in
Post Exchanges and Canteens.)
t m ' . ymmmmm 7T ' I' BLEND ?f
VT GIVE ME VJ ' r m
I 1 CAMELS FOR N I
i'V?rJ .Wf ANDNOUTH
EXTRA MILP .. The smoke of slow-bum
T AND THEY'VE GOT . - , J
contains LESS NICOTINE
. L.a J A vkr laifMsa1tinKMflBIMIaaJBrbMi
of them according to independent dentine tests oftbtsmohtiUL
66ri r ?!
yoiill be amazed at the
extra mileage your Esso
Dealer will soon be
able to help you get.
The odds are not just figures we have pulled out of
a hat. They are the result of testa made with a neie
method to increcue tir mileag. among customers at a
number of Esso Dealer stations. 16 out of every 17 car
owners were astonished at the mileage made possible.
Because the preservation of tires is so vital to the coun
try in the present emerger zy, we are making every
effort to introduce this new service at Esso Dealer sta
tions with the utmost spec - It requires both equip
ment and training and we arr supplying both as rapidly
as possible. As soon as these . e available your own Esso
Dealer will be able to helpfou get the greatest possible
mileage from your own tires short of retreading. Fur
ther announcement will be made in newspapers shortly.
STANDARD OIL COMPANY OF NEW JERSEY
"What's it good for?'
"Guns, tanks, and maybe
part of a
isig3g3 Me Wai
In the barnyards and gullies
of farms and in the basements
and attics of homes is a lot of
Junk which is doing no good
where it is, but which is needed
at once to help smash the
Japs and Nazis,
Scrap iron and steel, for example.
Even in peacetime, scrap provided
about 50 of the raw material for steel.
It may be rusty, bid "scrap" to you,
but it is actually refined steel with
most impurities removed, and can be
quickly melted with new metal in the
form of pig iron to produce highest
quality steel for our war machines.
The production of steel has gone
up, up, UP, until today America is
turning out as much steel as all the rest
of the world combinedBut unless at
least 6,000,000 additional tons of scrap
steel is uncovered promptly, the1 full
rate of production cannot be attained
or increased; the necessary tanks, guns
and ships cannot be produced.
The rubber situation is also critical.
In spite of the recent rubber drive,
there is a continuing need for large
quantities of scrap rubber. Also for other
waste materials and metals like brass,
copper, zinc, lead and tin.
The Junk which you collect is bought
by industry from scrap dealers at estab
lished, government-controlled prices.
Will you help?
First collect all of your waste ma
terial and pile it up.
Then sell it to a Junk dealer, give
it to a charity, take it yourself to the
nearest collection point, or get in touch
with your Local Salvage Committee.
If you live on a farm, consult your
County War Board or your farm imple
Throw YOUR scrap into the fight!
caro saves wear
' Otft. MU. Ban I
TWs message approved by Conservation Drvuion
W A R PR ODUCTION BOA R D
, Jhh otfvarfMnianf paid for by th American WusfrMt Safvoo CwmiAm
(representing and with funds provided by groups of hading industrial concamsL
Haywood Salvage Committee
PHONE 167, WAYNESVILLE "
Hwmrd Claap, county chairman; D. j. Nolard, Mrs. Carl MUdtord, T. C. Davis, Jack Maassr, W. Curtis Rum.
Frd Ferguson, DanM Underwood, Horace 6. HamiMtt, Hurley Wright, W. J. Campbell, Jack Cabe, L. T. Ruaaoll.
JUNK MAKES 1
One old d'5C
heeded for 210
One old plow
one hundred 75 mm. '"'
One useless old
tire provides as
as is used in 12
One old shovel w.ll he
make 4 hand grenades.
Scrap Iron and steel.
Other metals of all kinds.
Rags, Manila rope, but Jap HP
Waste Cooking FaU--S,
pound or more, strain V'to
seD to your meat dealer. ff'ES
NEEDED ONLY l' CERTAlNj-0;
Waste paper and ti cw-JW!,n,j" nE-"
areas, as emwuncl-d lncs"v " '
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