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20 THF ADJUTANT y y M
--1 Vote wg write him a note advising' him to clear out and be snappy.
"Sure" came the chorus.everybody being now interested Ill lllt
news topic. f y
"Agreed", said Jeff and then added. 'Tmlill IWW to CXCU50 mc TWYH-
I gotta see the boss".
"Ieff sure has it in for Joe", remarked llurt, "and l wonder why?
'lle has a right to go," said Speck, who was a sympathizer of ,lCff'S-
"I saw him the other day, and he is all that leff said he was."
"l know what the trouble is", remarked .-Xrt lluckley, "remember the
boss's girl, -lane, and that they were both sweet on her?"
'fYou're dead right, Burt. and believe me we haven't heard the last
of this yet."
The next day in person of Speck. a letter was delivered to the notor-
ious loe Foly. l-le was a fairly handsome young man, but hardly met with
the description of the foreman of "Daffy D". Of course he was dressed as 2111
average city person, but he did look a bit out of place in a villa like Klanza.
llowever as a result of the words of the lettei' that aftei'noon,he was travel-
ling in a different direction than that towards Klanza.
Things again settled down at the "Daffy D". livery one wondered
why loe left 'town so easily because they all knew he wasn't the kind to givt
in without a fight.
Une dav however, the boss rushed into the bunkhouse and broke tht
news that his-only daughter jane. would arrive the next week. The cowboy
all had a pai'ticular respect for 'lane but never had a serious case came u t
with the possible exception of 'foe and -leff's preferences.
The boys were talking' the day before her arrival.
"l bet she is a queen" chimed in :Xrt as he was shining the sily r
on his saddle.
"Say, Art", exclaimed liurt, "have you noticed the way -leff has bt it
acting lately? l reckon he thinks he is the hombre. but don't kid yoursyf.
Shc will have a million city fellors tagging after her."
"Dont fool yourself. Hurt. ,lane ain't thc kind to tag after every Tomi.
Dick and l'lari'y."
Un the day of her arrival the boss and 'lcff drove into town in he
machine. Mleff was driving and needless to say he was dressed in his l-.-st
outfit, The machine had been cleaned to the best of his ability, and the
boss was smiling fi'oin ear to ear.
Thtey journeyed along for several hours and finally as they went over
the last swell of the land, they saw sprawled below them the one street rllld
ten saloon town of Klanza.
They were thei'e in plenty of time and had to wait a little for the tixiiii
to arrive. Finally. a long' whistle marked the arrival and a puffing' lfllfll
Suflfllefl Ht the Rlanza station. A young girl was standing' on the platform on
one ot the cars. She was a pretty thing to look at. for she wore an ordinary
THF ADJUTANT Zl
tailored suit with a hat to match, and looked as if she was just out of her
teens and becoming a fully developed voting woman.
As the boss ran up and caught his lovely daughtei' in his arms there
passed through him a keen feeling' of joy. This was followed by an all
around shaking of hands. jane, having been away for three years. was
anxious to go home. At the start of the ride. -leff was completely left out
ot the conversation which was due to jane's not noticing' him. lfinally she
broke the silence,
"Jeff, do you know a word of five letters which means pertaining to
"XYhat's this, some new fangled riddle of yours?" answered Dleff, glad
to break into the convei'sation.
"XYhy. don't smart men like you know what cross-word puzzles are
leff was c tiiet after this rebuke.
"You know, Dad, all they do at college ,,,.,,.,,,,,,,,,,,,, ' at tliie point elle
stopped and explained to her father all the principles ofa cross-word puzzle,-
who did not show much interest. Her efforts on -leff were likewise unsuc-
cessful, but to tell the truth. he only scorned them to agree with the boss.
They arrived at the ranch, and everyone from the cook to the rawest
tenderfoot was there to give her welcome.
:X few days later Speck was in the bunkhouse.
"Lets see. a thi'ee lettei' word meaning tavern." he mumbled.
"Well l'll be darned". exclaimed uleff, "so this thing has got you too!
You. Speck. the best friend l had Y"
"Dry up. will you? flow can a fella think with you around? I got it
now. it's INN !"
-leff was so disgusted that he went to his bunk and started to lie
down, when liurt bui'st in.
"Say, jeff, have you heard the latest? -lane is going to have a cross-
word puzzle dance and the homibre that has the best puzzle gets her for
Since the departure of vloe. 'leff naturally thought himself her only
admirer. He grew vei'y angry and all he could say was "Aw Viosliu.
Every spare minute the cowboys had that came tip in the week was
spent on puzzles. Speck was considered the man that the prize would be
given to since he was mo1'e experienced, but nevertheless everybody entered
in the affair. -letif was sore at everyone. lle wasn't interested in the puzzles
and no one was going to make him so. llut still he wanted to have ,lane for
:X day before the dance every one had their puzzles pretty well fixed.
Jeff was frantic. He got Speck by himself.
"Speck", says he, "you're pretty well along in years. lthat do you say
if you give me that confounded puzzle and there will be a pretty little goose
egg under your pillow."
"Get out", Speck returned. "l got my own puzzle and l'm going to have
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When almost over the fire, his practical ear heard the dreaded missing
en-fine beat. and his own heart likewise miss a throh.. for when you are L St L h
above gi raging forest fire in au aeroplane, it is porn' time to have a bulky a aug
eng-ine L-in your hands. 'lohnny glanced at the dials. - oil? gas? ignition, --
-md saw the ammeter wavering lt
' A' ack and forth. Something was the matter
lynn the electric system. .Xs the plane slowed up he felt a hot blast of air crow:
strike his face, an acrid smell choked his throat. and his eyes grew watery
from dense clouds of smoke. And ithe fire was almost beneath him. .Xttempt- M i
ing to elevate the plane, its engine suddenly went dead, .Xhnost before he fXlvO'C.'UNNOl2 could not remember just how long he had known
knew it. the plane was speeding down to it, and the fire leaping swiftly to lxfin Rogers: but as long as he Could rt-C2111 he' had hated the
meet him. - a roaring, seething conflagration. Olde" llU5"5 lmllidllii' WflYs. Pat was an average, healthv, sixteen
Ouickly realizing that he could not possihly vol-plane his ship fat i . year old boy whose smiling lrish eyes wel-Q Set Uff IJJ, H Shock
enough to take him out of the burning area, and knowing that to slay on Okflery .refl half- RCN. Ht seventeen, was 3 maeculal- giant and lgciuu. wmv
board was to instantly crash to the ground to a certain death. .lohnny took SCIOUS Ol he Strengtll loved fff Slmll' lt off at the exllenfie of Wll"'Cl7Cil' IMP'
the one chance in a lutndred ofa parachute landing even in the midst of such pained to be at hand.
a roaring furnace below him. lior a moment a breath of wind steadied the Uotll the young men were very much interested in a certain vonng
plane and his practiced eye g'liinl,eCd ll silwlwd Sm-fin-e far to one side-,fa ladylnamed "Gwen" whose father, Xlr. 'lackson often had a ditiicultt time
lake? 'lihen with all the skill that had brought down eight tierman lfohkers keepllls' the l305'5 frftm 'imlxlllg' it" when one wottld call. - and find the
in the recent war. he nursed the ship towards the lake. lfroni such :t heighth Ofllel' there. Hardly a night passed when one or the other did not rin-f tip
it was no easy' task for even an experienced air man. and douhly difficult on OUIY ti? lim' that the line WHS nllllsini- - with the added knowledoie 11153 tha
account of the heat and smoke and shifting air currents from the great firt other tellffw WAS lllfmollollzlllg' its AS for liwen. she seemed tt? fgtym- one
'lihen lohnnv went over the side. closed his eyes. U'llllTCll ills' l'l'Q'lllil
tion ten. and pulled the parachute ring. .X flutter rang in his ears from above
his downward rush was suddenly checked. and he found himself in the laki
where cool waters promptly informed him about his hadly scorched features
and hands. tilancing alont for his beloved plane. he was at once aware thu
his evehrows were gone and felt that his hair also was badly singed. it
o-timifieri wreck now fuiiously blazing on the shore line was all that reinain-
cd of his ship. and it seemed a cruslnng loss to have tlns plane wlnch eveat
dav for season after season had been his refuge, so suddenly destroyed in it
terrihle moment or two,
lDlbCll"'Z1t"lllQ himself frotn the parachute straps. ,lohnny struggt-tl
5 5 4
toward the shore, When almost there he realized that a crainp in one leg
might still lose the battle. and it took all of his strength and will power to
compel himself to carry on. llut he did so finally. and painfully drew hun-
self out of the water. 'l'hat was all he rememhered, and he was found next
morning hy a party of searchers. - a sorry looking object indeed. but still
alive and soon able to tell the story. 'lihe fire had burned itself ottt around
the lake. and only a ruined area remained in place of former beautiful forest
llersonally l think that whenever on a scorching -luly day the ntech.niics
at the aerodrome station sit 'tround and s tin varns 't-"'tin thev'll alwavs tell
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the one about -Iohnny l'iarral's close call first.
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cuiteasm ' f- , , - - . .
I nth as the other, which made her all the more interesting in their
eyes. and she loved to tease one by plaving' witl tl
insist upon doing.
1 te other. - as most girls
l lhe football season soon came around. and both I-ovs were out for
tht 1- ' .. ' ' .
e r respettixe school teams. lxen nas trying for ouarterback. and Pat tor
time fullback position. Their lligh Schools being great rivals, this only made
tie boys more hateful 'towards each other. Ken had won a place on his
Sflllad the previous year, so it was not hard for
i A him to take the position
again. tin the other hand, l'at had not xx
. 'on his ttntil after -the second
game ot the season, when he showed his speed on defensive work.
As 'fowl 35 lx-611 m3ClC l1iS tfizlnl. he went around to Gwen's house and
proceeded to "razz Pat upon making such a poor showing. lien even mgtde
.3 '- ' - , -- , . -' - - ,.
1I'CdlQtIOl'lS as to how he would mangle l'at in 'the big game it Pat should
finally make the squad. lt was so characteristic of lien to be the bnllv that he
almost unaware of doing it to Pat. Gwen noticed this however: and re-
marked about it to Ken as he was leaving one night. ln obedience to his
training rules. Pat was always at home and in hed hy nine o'clock, but Ken
left a little later, his object no doubt being to lord it over Pat.
The season neared its end. and only the big game remained to be
played. As Saturday, the long waited day of play approached, Gwen saw
little of either of her favorites for both we.e training hard so gtg try bg in
first-class condition for the final game. .Nnd so the final dav arrived. both
School teams and their admirers gathered. and after what seemed an eternitv
to the assembled fans the game began. l'at started it by kicking off for
Lincoln High. Ken received the ball for t'lymer's, charged doyvniitlie field
for a forty yard run, and followed this up by bucking it on for two first
downs. Then the Lincoln team settled down to real play,
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