The Shock

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Delving into the ever dimming records
of yesterday, a lurid page arrests the
eye. Chinatown -- street of crime -- of
fear -- of hate -- of mystery --

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--- and the Mandarin Cafe --- a
whirlpool of vice and intrigue.

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"Inhale it, you boob!"

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Wilse Dilling was something of a
mystery, even to Chinatown --- he
baffled the police, though he was
listed on a page-long record at
headquarters as "dangerous."

		... LON CHANEY

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Wilse

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Wilse go to Queen Ann's 
  house right away.

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O K

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In those days, overlooking the
Oriental Quarter, yet linked to
it by secret, malevolent forces,
there stood a house of mystery.

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And guiding its destinies, a
woman --- a woman known
through-out the underworld as
"Queen Ann."

	... Christine Mayo

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"Wilse, you leave immediately
for Fallbrook. I've placed
you in the telegraph office 
         there."

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"Never mind what for! All you
have to do is make friends,
watch your step - and keep 
     your eyes open."

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"When I'm ready to use you,
I'll let you know, by wire."

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Not so many miles from this seeth-
ing hotbed of crime, yet seemingly
in another world, nestled the little
town of Fallbrook.

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Into this world came the dope-
peddler, safe-cracker, gun-man
.... Wilse Dilling, the cripple ---
and in the weeks of waiting,
something happened to him.

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Call it the magic of flowers, the
spell of sunshine, explain it as 
you will .... the fact remained
that he was different --- the new
life made the cesspool of poppy-
land seem very far away.

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Perhaps it was the influence of a 
good woman --- Gertrude Hadley
had paused to pity, and remained
his teacher,... and first real friend.

		... Virginia Valli

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His visits to Gertrude Hadley
were treasured hours in the
life of Wilse Dilling --- the only
real happiness he had ever
known.

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"Here I am, and just bursting 
       with questions!"

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"You don't know how much 
your friendship means to 
me, Miss Gertrude - -
most people haven't much 
use for cripples."

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"How often have I told 
you not to talk that way!
A handicap is often an
asset -- few people ever
amount to anything 
  without them."

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"There are other things!
Miss Gertrude, if you knew
what I've been ... what I've
done, you wouldn't even 
     talk to me."

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"Yes I would! It isn't what
  you were, but what you 
    are, that counts!"

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"You mean a man's past doesn't 
count? - that there's always
a chance - a chance to be
something .... different?"

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"We can be anything we
want - if the thought is
right, and the will is behind
      the thought."

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"In spite of everything?"

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"What do you mean by
  ... everything?"

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"I'm a cripple - do you be-
lieve any amount of thinking
can make me anything else?"

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"Stranger things have happened
- life without hope would be
        unbearable."

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"I'd give half my life, if
I could believe - what 
     you believe."

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"Wait for me - just a minute
- I have something that
will help you - I know it
         will!"

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"My mother gave me this 
Bible before she died!
It's my best friend."

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"Somewhere in these pages
I am sure you will find
answers for every question."

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"Just remember this - anything
you wish can be accomplished,
if the thought is right, and the
     will is behind it."

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"It sounds too good to be 
true - but I'm going to
  try - to believe."

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Gertrude's father, Micha Hadley,
was the town's leading banker
and most respected citizen.

	... William Welsh

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"Why father, you look worried
   - is anything wrong?"

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"I intended to have lunch 
with you, but I got started 
late and Wilse Dilling
came over to have a 
little chat."

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"You're spending too much 
time with him - he's not worth 
it, and somehow I - I don't
        like him."

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"Oh father! If you really knew 
him; realized how like a child
he is ... and how sincere, you
wouldn't talk that way!"

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"Well, have your own way, my
dear - and now, run along,
and stop worrying about your 
       old father."

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In the days that 
 followed - -

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Jack Cooper, whose father
owned the town's "general
store."

	... Jack Mower

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"I came to return your
        Bible."

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"I thought it was helping, 
but .... I guess I was 
        wrong."

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"I'm going to tell you a secret!
  I'm engaged to marry Mr. 
   Cooper - we've known
   each other for years."

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"Aren't you glad of it,
     Mr. Dilling?"

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"My best wishes, Miss
  Gertrude - - - - "

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"I hope you will be very, 
       very happy."

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"Cooper, if this Book is true;
if there are such persons 
as Angels .... she is one."

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"No man living is good 
enough for her, but if you 
treat her right, I'll always 
     be behind you."

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"But if you don't, there's
no power on earth can 
 save you from me!"

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That night, as usual, lights glowed
behind the locked door and drawn
curtains of the Hadley bank.

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"How does it seem to be at
the end of your rope? -
to know you're a thief ....
a thief who's robbed his 
own bank - for a woman!"

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"My God! You don't mean
you're going to .... to
      turn me up!"

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"I do - - and have! But
don't try to make a get-
away - - I've had a man
in Fallbrook for weeks,
and tonight he's received 
      his orders."

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"A bank-examiner'll be there
tomorrow, and when they've put
you where you once put me ...
a prison cell - think of me ....
you'll have plenty of time!"

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The hand of "Queen Ann"
 was far reaching, cruel,
ruthless, sparing no one - -
and Wilse Dilling found 
himself torn between the 
woman he loved and the 
   woman he feared.

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"It's important, Mr. Hadley
- and we mustn't be seen 
        together."

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"Mr. Hadley, are you all 
 right with the bank?"

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"How dare you ask me a
question like that! If that's
all you have to say, I'm not
       interested."

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"Wait! I work for Ann Carding-
ton, and ten minutes ago I got 
a wire from her, ordering me
         to - - - -"

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"I'm worried about father
- he's been at the bank 
      every night!"

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"I know it sounds silly, but
I must go down to the bank
- I just feel that everything
        isn't right."

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"Better break that engage-
ment, son - things don't 
look as good as they did."

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"- - - she'll be just like 
you for the rest of her 
         life."

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"Unless some surgeon
performs a miracle - - -"

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"God .... Doctor! Not 
      like me!"

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Afterwards, the realiza-
tion came to Hadley that
in Wilse Dilling's friend-
ship he might find a 
      way out.

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"I must talk to you because
I know what you did and
I know you did it to save 
          me."

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"I came to explain about
    Ann Cardington."

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"We were to be married - I
found out who and what she 
was - on my testimony they
sent her to prison, vowing
vengeance on me and mine."

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"Ten years ago I found myself
entangled in a political graft
- tricked by Ann Cardington
- my signature on documents
that would send me to prison."

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"For Gertrude's sake, I have
paid for silence - paid and
paid and paid - even with
what was not mine to pay."

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"No one will ever know!
That's why I blew up the 
         bank."

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"But my signatures - I live in
fear that some day, she'll use
  them against my daughter!"

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"Your daughter? I'd give
my life to save Miss Gertrude
a single tear - - where
are those signatures?"

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  "Hidden in her home -
it's no use, Dilling, I've
   tried to get them."

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"For your daughter's sake,
Mr. Hadley, don't leave this 
town - you leave Ann Card-
ington to me and everything 
will be all right."

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"We'll get the low-down on
this from Wilse Dilling -
I've sent for him to come
          back."

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Upon his return, Ann Cardington
had treated Wilse Dilling with a 
smile --- but all the underworld knew
that Queen Ann's smile was more
dangerous than her frown.

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"Doesn't it strike you as odd
- that Hadley's bank was 
wrecked the very night the
bank-examiner was due?"

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"You're sure all the evidence 
against him was destroyed?"

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"The papers said his daughter
    is going to recover."

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"They operated on her 
here in town - it was a 
big success."

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"You seem very happy 
     about it."

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"She was very kind to me."

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"Someone saved Hadley from
going to prison, and I'm rather
glad - for now I'll make him
suffer worse ... through his 
        daughter."

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"With the hold I've got on
Hadley, we'll make him wish
he never had a daughter,
Wilse."

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While Gertrude Hadley, in a hos-
pital overlooking the bay, had
emerged from the Valley of Dark-
ness into the Realm of Material
Things.

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Somewhere in Ann Cardington's 
house, Banker Hadley's signature 
was hidden --- but where?

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Meanwhile, at the Cosmopolitan
Hotel ---

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"I've had bad news from father.
   It means that we - - -"

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"You mean you wish to
break our engagement?"

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"Let's be practical - we
can't live on love - can 
         we?"

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"Mr. Cooper, I want you to 
meet me at the Mandarin 
Cafe after midnight - it's
very important."

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"It's about Miss Hadley -
and if you don't come, God
       help you!"

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"Don't interfere with him -
it couldn't have worked
better, had I planned it
         myself."

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In the Mandarin Cafe -

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For two hours, Dilling has been
trying to nerve Cooper into enter-
ing the House of Mystery.

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"You've got to reach that box 
for me .... there's no one 
    else I can trust."

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"I'm done! I'm not going 
  to marry her anyway!"

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"You yellow sneak! But get
this - you kissed her once, 
and tonight, you're going to
    pay for that kiss!"

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"The other night, I told you
I'd make Hadley wish he'd
  never had a daughter."

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"What's that got to do
       with him?"

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"He is going to call her 
      down here."

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"Call up that girl and tell her
   we'll send a cab for her."

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"Don't do it ... God, man
... don't let her get into
     their clutches."

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"Tell her Wilse Dilling has been
hurt in an accident; that he wants
  to see her. We'll send a cab."

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"Gertrude, I'm down at the 
Mandarin. Wilse Dilling is hurt
   - he wants to see you."

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"We'll send a cab for you."

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"Your father ruined my life - he's
been paying for it, year by year!
Thanks to Wilse Dilling, he got
away from me - but through
Wilse Dilling, I've got ... you!"

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"You thought you were double-
crossing me, Wilse! Well, take
a last look at your pretty lady
.... you'll never see her again."

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"Take her up to the 
house - - hold her 
there until I come."

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At that moment, as if in answer 
to his prayer, the hand of Provi-
dence interfered ---

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Among the hundreds of bruised 
and broken things, dragged from
the smoking horror of yesterday,
was Wilse Dilling, and after 
weeks of convalescence ---

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"It's a beautiful view, from
        the railing."

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"Shall I wheel you over 
         there?"

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"I like the shade - I'll
   wait for you here."

THE END

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