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Monty Wallace has just arrived
In California, having broken the
East-West cross country airplane
record. Natalie Wade, mistaken
by him for a newspaper reporter,
writes the exclusive account of
Monty's arrival, and succeeds In
securing a trial Job with a paper
in exchange for the story. Natalie
becomes attached to Monty.
Although she discovers Monty's
love for her is not sincere, Natalie
admits that she loves him. She is
assigned by her paper to report
Monty's activities for publication.
Jimmy Hale, the newspaper's
photographer, becomes Natalie's
Natalie interviews Jabe Marlon,
a wealthy airplane builder, who
>. deckles to build a record-breaking
'round the world plane for Monty.
Marion's daughter, Sunny, ex
quisitely beautiful, is attracted to
Monty. She Invites Natalie to dine
with her, when they meet the avi
Natalie discovers that Sunny is
jealous of her friendship with
Monty, and that she Is trying to
prevent them from being alone.
After driving to a mountain re
sort with Sunny and Jimmy,
Monty again declares his love for
Natalie induces Monty to set
out with her in an airplane search
for two missing aviators. At dusk
Monty lands the plane in the
open country, where he and
Natalie must spend the night.
Resuming the search in the
morning, they finally locate the
fliers. Natalie wires the story to
her paper. That night at dinner,
Marion announces a non-stop,
'round the world flight, with
Monty piloting the new plane,
Monty's plan is to have ten re
fuelling stations along the route,
where pilots are to go aloft to re
fuel his plane. Monty flies with
Natalie to New York, where he
will begin the flight eastward.
They are followed by Jimmy and
But Natalie knew what he came
to say and perhaps Sunny knew as
well. For nothing else could have
sent him to them in such haste.
"Mont's safe," Natalie cried out.
"Is that it, Jimmy?"
He nodded his head, gasping.
And then the two seized him and
I pummeled him till he actually
could not get the words out.
"Just like Jimmy Mattern," he
* fobbed out presently. "He was
down twelve days before he could
get word out. Some little place in
Siberia. The Russians flew over
twice hunting for him but he
couldn't make them see him."
Strength surged into Natalie
like a miracle. Sunny forget her
self and danced so madly that
they thought she would hurl her
self from the rock in her ecstacy.
Then they were all three run
ning for Jimmy's car, and Jimmy
drove them straight to the flying
There the news was pouring in.
Mont himself stood at the elbow
bf one of those short-wave opera
tors on the other side of the world.
/He had fought his way through
* the wilderness sometimes afoot,
sometimes in a peasant's wagon,
at last in a puffing Russian train
with no one. aboard who could
speak a wora of English.
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He had reached the Siberian
control and had flashed the story
of his safety. He was there now
letting the world know and Nata
lie, piecing together the bits that
came from the humming receivers
through the lips of one small radio
operator, was writing the big ac
count of her life.
Mack Hanlon was rushing out
an extra at the other end of the
telephone. Jimmy had flashed him
before he racea to tell Sunny. He
had tried to call Natalie but could
get no answer. Now he was read
ing Natalie's story, line by line,
Mont Wallace would complete
his flight and try again at once
for the non-stop honors, the story
read. Jabe Marion had issued ord-"
ers that the flight organization
was to remain intact for the sec
Natalie finished her story and
made Jimmy take her to the of
"I don't want any more vaca
tion," she told Hanlon as the
shouts of newsboys announced the
extra on the street. "I want to
handle the yarn from now till the
! second flight is over."
Hanlon was like a pleased child.
"What I ought to do," he laugh
ed, "is to send you along with this
bird. These flights are harder on
you than they are on him."
Natalie could laugh at that.
There were few secrets between
her and the weazened little city
She went to find Jimmy in the
photographer's den. He was slosh
ing about in the dark-room with
its eerie red light.
"Wait a minute," he yelled at
her knock. Then he opened the
door and she stood beside him un
der the red light while he worked.
"I thought you were supposed to
be laid up," he chuckled as he
rubbed the tips of his fingers over
a weak spot in one of his nega
tives. "I guess there wasn't any
thing the matter with you that
Dr. Mont Wallace couldn't cure?"
"Gosh, Jimmy," the girl respon
ded, "you don't suppose I'm crazy
or anything, do you? How can
anybody be like that who is in her
The boy grinned at her in that
"You and I ought to know,
kid," he said, "that love makes
plain insanity look foolish."
He went on with his work for a
few minutes in silence. Then:
"How come you and Sunny
Marion got so thick up there on
that rock? I thought you hadnt
been seeing much of each other."
"Oh, that's just some more of
the craziness. She's got it too,
poor kid. I wonder sometimes if
she hasn't got it the worst of us
"Don't worry about her, Nat,"
Jimmy rejoined. "She'll take care
of herself. She forgets quick."
"That's a gift, Jimmy, I think."
"That's pure genius, if you ask
me. Come on. Let's go somewhere
and try forgetting."
It had been so long since she
and Jimmy had spent an evening
together that the girl was sur
prised at the invitation. There was
no sign that she could find dur
ing that evening that Jimmy re
membered at all his love for Na
It was an evening she was to
recall afterward, an evening she
often wondered about.
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There was a delay of two days
before Mont resumed his flight.
He clicked it off then in amazing
fashion. Station after station re
ported him. Each time the refuel
ing was a success. Each time he
made the next control almost ex
actly on schedule.
It was as though the elements
having done their worst and fail
ed to put him out of the running
had now given up and were will
ing to let him come through.
When it was clear that he would
finish easily, Natalie and Jimmy
started East with the Marions to
meet him. The girl reporter felt
as though her heart would burst
when she saw him again. But she
hung to her self control as well as
she could and managed to make
the trip without revealing the tu
mult within her.
Sunny Marion had a new bear
ing now. That seeming triumph
was gone but in its stead had
come a quiet determination.
Their own pilot had miscalcu
lated the speed Mont would make.
It . was a race at the last to see
who would get in first at Mineola
and scarcely had their tri-motor'
stopped rolling when the black!
ship, a littie battered and worse
for wear, swept downward.
It was then that Natalie's knees
almost buckled under her. Jimmy
and Sunny raced on ahead to
gather him into their arms. Nata
lie came after with Jabe Marion.
To her amazement, Sunny faced
her with Mont, her arm about
him and his thrown across her
"Congratulate us, people," she
was saying. "Mont and I are go
ing to be married."
Mont turned quickly and looked
down into Sunny's face. Clearly he
had not expected so early an an
nouncement but he grinned when
he looked up again and gripped
Jabe Marion's hand as the older
man sprang forward.
Natalie was surprised at her
own reaction. She thought she
knew now what Sunny had meant
when she spoke of cheating. The
girl, no doubt, had taken Mont's
words as an offer of marriage on
their night together. Mont had
been caught in the trap of her
Suddenly then Nat realized that
she, too, had been caught. Noth
ing she could say or do would
make any difference. Mont was
equally helpless. And if what she
suspected was true, there might
Ibe desperation behind Sunny's
Natalie caught Mont's hand in
her's and clung to it. But her eyes
avoided his face, fearing what
they might find there. Maybe it
was all true. Maybe Mont had
meant only that he could not mar
ry Natalie. Maybe he had willing
ly been drawn into this engage
ment with Sunny Marion.
Such was their greeting. Such
was Natalie's meeting with the
man she loved after the agony of
But the Joy of seeing him, of
having him near, kept her from
being cast down. It was not till
she was alone that night that she
gave way to a torrent of tears.
Next day the newspapers all
carried the announcement Sunny
Marion for whom his plane had
been named, would become the
bride of the world flier, Mont
Wallace. Jimmy's pictures of her
appeared everywhere and that
evening there were pictures of
Mont and Sunny before the
It was understood, the cut-lines
said, that the wedding would be
postponed till after Wallace had
made another attempt at the non
stop trip around the world.
After that there was nothing
much left for Natalie Wade but
the job she had and she plunged
into it with all the energy she
could muster. She wondered a lit
tle that she saw nothing of Jimmy
outside of working hours.
Jimmy had told her once that
he would be waiting for her if
things cracked up for her. They
would, he said, jump off a high
place together. Maybe that was
what he was afraid of now. Maybe
he felt that his return to her
would bring a mood of desperation
to them both.
But she laughed at the thought.
She could take defeat, not with
equanimity it was true, but she
could take it. It was desperate
uncertainty that unnerved her.
Mont Wallace and the Marions
were deep in plans for the second
flight. There would be little news
in that until it was accomplished
for failure made no heroes for the
front pages. Monty had been a
spectacular figure on his return,
but only because of his return
from the dead. His romance had
kept, the page open to him for an
other day, but after that there
were more thrilling, stories than
his new preoccupation with work,
his hours spent on the plane and
on the revision of the flight or
Natalie herself was writing a
new series of features and found
Life was returning to its old
round. Even Mack Hanlon was
little interested in „he story of the
new flight attempt.
But at last the day of the take
The plans had been changed
now. The start was to be made
from the home airport. New York
was only one of the refueling
stops. The last leg of the flight
would be down the coast from
Before dawn they were at the
field. Jimmy was there with his
flashlights going to rerord the new
scene and the altered plane.
And Sunny Marion was there.
it was the first time Natalie had
seen her in weeks. The change in
her appearance shocked the older
girl. It was not possible that this
was the golden beauty of a few
The plane had been trundled
out to the runway. Its motor was
I turning briskly. The dockers were
in their own places. Grease-mon
keys swarmed about. And because
it was the first start of an inter
national flight from the small
port, there was a goodly crowd of
Natalie moved through the
crowd for a sight of Mont. At last
she found him talking with Jabe
Marlon and the little radio oper
ator. She joined the small party
and stood at Mont's side.
"Good luck and success this
time, boy." She spoke in a low
tone. "I've got a bet right on your
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