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•ept 24, 1949 Mcion City Qlobt-Gaxelti, Maiea City, I». Copyrlghf, 1949, by faith Baldwin CuthrtU Mifribum by King F»ctuf«» Syndicate BY FAITH BALDWIN CHAPTER 39 CHRIS spoke harshly to his wife. "Suppose you tell them the important factor—which'was that we fell in love." "Oh, .yes," Terry said listlessly, "we fell in love. There's nothing incredible about it. And I had no training, I was not equipped to earn a living. I didn't, as a matter of fact, want to," she said coolly. "So it seemed to me that a good marriage was the only solution. Who could suspect me of a mercenary motive? When I fell were klds in love with Chris I thought I was "™ st an y *. 1 I m _ _ r*tt**£i ^IFOO very fortunate. To marry for love —and into money." "Chris!" said Jack, and laughed Chris said, "shut up, will you?" He looked at his uncle. "Well, we both labored under a misapprehension. I thought I was fortunate too." Cordelia said, and her son and husband looked at her in amazement. "And weren't you—both of you?" For the first time Chris smiled. He said, "In all my life you have never said anything so friendly, Aunt. Cordelia." "Let me tell them," said Terry, from the beginning." It took a long time to tell, 'sitting there while the fire sighed on the hearth, the wind rose, and the sea stammered against the rocks. She omitted nothing,' neither her father's story nor her own, nor her decision, her meeting with Chris and her quite comprehensible mistake. Nor did she omit that morning in the New York hotel and their adjustment to the altered conditions. She said finally, "It could have gone on for some time, I suppose, if Roger Amenly hadn't come to Cape Cod and then followed us here." "This will provide a great deal of amusement for a great many people," Jack commented. Cordelia shuddered, inwardly. The picture was very clear. She thought, but I liked her, and almost instantly Terry said wearily, "When you seemed to like me, all of you, I was happy. But not entirely. Because how much of it was for myself?" Jack said, "A lot. You're a very attractive girl." He went over to the table where the decanters stood and mixed himself a -long stiff drink. He added thoughtfully, "There's a way out of this with the minimum of gossip." "How?" inquired his father. "No one has really expected Chris to settle down here," said Jack, "so no one will be astonished if he and Terry decided suddenly to return to the mainland. Of course, the true picture will be .exhibited, as Terry said, sooner or later. But for the time being no one will wonder. We can weather such dinner-table discussions as arise now—and later. It isn't the first time that we've—" Chris broke in. "You're wonder ful, Jack. Why don't we say i1 baldly? None of you has ever had marrying I had redeemed myself." "That's not true," said Cordelia sharply. "We merely hoped that with the right wife—" "But the right wife had to be able to club me into respectability with a checkbook?" he asked. "Well, whatever you thought, you've been amiable, and I appreciate it. Jack's even been moved :o envy, I think. He has always hated my guts, but recently he—" "Chris!" said his aunt. "It's true enough. When we were kids, I could beat him at al- nost any game, and then later there was Lilia." "What has Lilia to do with his?" inquired Jack. He finished us drink and set down the glass. His face was congested with anger. "Nothing," said Chris swiftly, 'except as one explanation of why you and I, as the saying goes, have never got along." . "There's no point in past quar- •els and recriminations," said Hugo sharply. "Whatever your and Jack's relationship, it isn't jermane to the situation. It is ;rue that you have been a disappointment, Chris. I have told you so many times. You were headstrong from childhood, you grew up rebellious and spendthrift. There was a place for you here and a future but you would not :ake it. I wrote you, if you remember, during the war. We were all proud of your record. I asked you to come home, but you would not. I recall your answer. In it you blamed me for many things, including your position, as you put it, of poor relation. It was not my doing. My father did not consult me when he provided for your father." Cordelia made a quick, brusque gesture, very unlike her. She said, "I think we're getting away from the immediate problem." "What problem?" asked Terry. "You don't have to save face just because you thought Chris had married a girl with money, do you? Chris thought so too. He didn't know she was next to penniless and that her father was a thief." Her voice rose. "You're safe," she said. "What can touch you? Chris has never been one of you except by blood. I'm not one of you either. As for my father, you knew him slightly, but what happened to him can hardly concern you." "Yet it does," said Hugo. "You have pointed out that Chris is by blood a member of this family; and you are by marriage. Anything which concerns you concerns us." Chris said softly, "Even the Russells and perhaps especially the Russells are not above disliking gossip—about themselves. When Great-uncle Josiah took a notion to marry his cook—" "Chris!" cried his aunt. "Terry isn't. interested in—" "They ganged up on him and saw to it that he didn't," Chris' went on calmly. "And there are other instances; such as the time when 4th-cousin Amy's mother discovered that Amy was preg- if Great-uncle had married the cook, Amy's disposition wouldn't have suffered nor old Josh's digestion. I could go on for hours—" "Not," said his uncle, "tonight." You can ease him off Tantalus it is, Terry. We just don't like being talked about unpleasantly." "Which we will be," prophesied Jack. "Surely you haven't forgotten Mr. Amenly. What do you propose to do about him?" Chris said, "It's very simple. You and I tie him up with a bed sheet and hurl him off a cliff. Most effective. We regret it. He jumped or fell under the influence of strong drink. Who'd question it at Naniola?" "I'd be gratified," said his uncle, "if you were less facetious. I am sure Mr. Amenly will prefer to leave in the morning. Jack and I will go with him, the rest .of you will remain here until he has left the Islands. I am quite certain he will be willing to leave, and, I hope, on the first plane." Chris laughed. "Amenly," he remarked, "is a stinker. But he's an adult stinker. He isn't, however, a Russell or even a remote connection, b_y marriage or otherwise; nor an employe who has been dismissed. He's a free agent. You can ease him off Tantalus but not, if he's become attached to our climate, on a plane. He can go to a hotel, he can stay as long as he wishes or can afford, and he can talk as much as he pleased to whomever will listen. It's going to make a very good story. So far he knows only one side of it. But practically anybody will enlighten him as to my standing in the community. Which should give him an unexpected belly laugh." Hugo said, "I admit I hadn't thought so far." "Console yourself with the realization that nothing can reflect upon you," said Chris. Terry got to her feet. She wa; stiff, she ached. She said uncer- tainly, "I don't see what good all this is doing. Could we talk about it in the morning?" She was purged, she was clean and empty. And Cordelia, looking at the young white face, experienced a pang of compassion against her will, against even her irinciples. She said, "Of course. 'hris, take Terry upstairs." She tried to smile. "When you come down again, I think Mr. Amenly will have left," she added. (To Be Continued) Contracts Let by Rake Church Forest City—Wiring and plumb- ng contracts for the new Zion Lutheran church being built at Rake have been awarded to the W. C. Hansen and Son Hardware company here. The low bid on the plumbing contract was $2,122.85 and the bid on the electrical contract was $2,975.85. Thorson and Thorson of Forest City are architects for the church and Forest City Improvement company has the general contract. flUMSKUU, 9-24 DEAR AK>AH= DO SOCIAL- CTIiecus ANIMAUS TRAVEL, Ate O U N C> //4 ZOOLOSICAL. CIRCLES *?• Buies^ss BUWM — CH A(5t-OTTE> Al .C. DEAR /40AH= DJO -THE ,PI?ICE= FIXERS EVER x E<S'"WooD>EAj L-E-OS J.I^.MASCW FIMOL.AV OHIO SENC> e>f= ISN'T IT A PITY A HUSBAND HAS TO FALL OFF A STEPLADDER BEFORE SOMEBODY WILU SAY SOMETHING NICE ABOUT HIM? 1 WISH VDU WOULDN'T SLAM YOURSELF AKOUND r •-, LIKE THAT--f?EMEMBEF?, / HUSBANDS DON'T GROW <- ,-<£v ^ ON TREES HUSBANDS ARE HARD TO GET--A WOMAN CAN'T JUST F?USU OUT AND FIND A NF.W ONE ANY OLP PLACE MERCY/ WHAT WAS THAT TERRIBLE CRASH P Try and Stop Me -By BENNETT CERF- uaiujj; .i/iuiic uj. yuu lias ever LidH uiatuveieu mat fuuy wan pieg- any use for me and you don't come nant. 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