The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 2, 1949 · Page 7
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SATL'RTUT, AFRIT, Z, 1949 (AKTC.) COUTUEK NEWS OUT OUR WAY By J. R. Williams Our Boarding House with Maj. Hoople TOLD VOU ? THIS 16)( N'OO OMLV FOUND) ( WOSt BEAKS OP MAOV •SCEHeS 1'fA <p\ TUA.T SPEC^ OKil\ ARE SMART PROJECTING TO ADVERTISE k\ THE MAP VEST6C-V 6LH TMEVO KOOPLE IOD6C,THE KievJ ,',.] DA.'-V "-COSiGRKTSft BETTER ^ MECCA FOR OUTDOOR \\bK> \ \Ofi TPAMfJG AT MM'.< ClUNJCTIOl^-—- I '\ 86AF?S> SO V QUiCkUY/ /V . I WEV'LLBE BLUEPRINT ST^Q& E\CF*VA.TlOlO'3.' COME, LITTLE BOY, I'LL GIVB ">OU AMP YOUR POG A LIFT— BUT FIRST 1 THINK rr WOULD BE NICE TO PICK UP THAT GLASS ALON& THERE: BOY, AIN'T sue AWFIIL. NICE WITH PEOPLE THP WOKEY WART Read Courier Ne« r s Wnut Arts. PAGE SKygy I'ltlCCKUCS & HIS I'7MKN1)S [!v MKKRIU, ULOSSER l-'iill Out, I'-olks! Political Announcements Subject 10 Mu'iiclpni Election Ami) 5 19-19 I'or Mayoi DOYLE HENDERSON E R JACKSON For Alderman First Ward RALEIGH SYLVESTER JIMM1E SANDERS Setond Wai-d WALTER C GATES J. W ADAMS Third Ward JENNINGS BAILEY LOUIS G NASH Fourth Wurd (Two to be Elected* J WILSON HENRY LESLIE MOORE Elizabeth R. Roberts LODGER COPYRIGHT BY GREENBERG: PUBLISHER DISTRIBUTED BY N£A SERVICE, INC. I Vht Jim. At! ii forgiven. Return home at once. You will never again be late for an appointment and lose your job. We promise to buy an accurate new Bulova at DREIFUS Jewelers 316 West Main St. Hlvthcville 'Meet Dicifus—Wear Diamonds" Crappie or Catfish 24 HOURS DAILY Special Sunday Dinner 75c Simpson Cafe Ark-Mo Slale Line SCOTT ALLEY SIGN & NEON SERVICE • Heller Signs • HcMcr Service SOS North Kranklin Phone 3203 Have us renew you] toouvcar WItll OUI tine invisible half sulcs. riic ticnnclicallv sealed sole lotnt will ke:p 'nil moisture foreign mutter r]v;re will oe no shank sti'ijin to diston the shoe and cju]*e dUcomfort No itnils or stitches The shoes are inily renewed tot long salisfuclory wear HflLT€RS QUfllJTY SHO€ SHOP 121 ^- M « I N ST. 'acturs fn (hi* %tory ar* . . lictiuou?, Likeness to I anyone li ving or dead it purely ' coincidental. In coat rant, lh« pjiiEinles are u Uf, basfrt upon antic? which 1 viewed (roni a ! ringside neat• • » RACK in the horse-and-biiggy days little girls were brought up not to speak to strangers, especially men. Mother began drumming this admonition into me when I was a very young child, and she never stopped as long as she lived. She must have had o premonition thai talking to strangers, especially men, would lead lo something. And it did. Mother began cautioning me the first time I, a little girl in pigtails. was handed JO rents for rai f.ire mid puf on the crosstown Lrotlcy to spend the day with cousins who lived too far for me to ride my bike lo sec them. "Don't speak to strangers, especially men," she said the last thing that bright •rummer morn in™, without giving a reason, and I therefore promptly associated men with my dime. Mother's advice was good, only it didn't go far enough. Where she fell down was in never cautioning me against speaking to strangers especially men in uniform. If she had stressed that danger, I mighl never have fallen into the dubious occupation or running * rooming house. It all bptjan innocently enough Great Fa Us has each winter Community Concert series. Nothing so vulgar as tickets is sold we subscribe lo the course and an assigned regular seals with the result that after the first perfor mance or two \ve all feel at homi and amongst Iriencis, seated in ou usual seals and surrounded by thi usual faces. At the third concer of our winter season, there w two strange laces sitting next j me—an Air Corps captain and his wife. The captain smiled agreeably, introduced himself, explained that the Websters, who usually occupied those seats, were put of town and had invited him and his wife, whom he now presented, to use their space. I mumbled introductions io my husband, conscious of the fact that with only his word for reference, Mother would still have counted Caplain Homeless a stranger. Subsequent events proved sh« would have been right. "Mrs. Roberts," Captain Homeless said, "I understand you have a larger house than yon are using." There was no tattlelale gray on the fac«E of acquaintances sitting near us, and I marveled that a newcomer to town had found out so quickly that Robbie and I-bad a whole house to ourselves, • • • /~UJR only son was in the Navy ^ and our help was folding parachutes at the Supply Depot. The war had brought two air bases, a weather station, and a supply depot to Great Falls. That practically doubled the population and, since building was frozen, created a full-fledged housing shortage. I'd heard of new people in town ringing doorbells in their search for a place to live, but it hadn't worried me. The captain continued: "I got leave of absence from my job and a spot commission, but I don't mind telling you that trying lo make both ends meet on a captain's pay isn't funny. The hotel costs more than I make. We've got lo find other quarters. Could yoi let us have a room?" "Oh, F'm terribly sorry," I said "Not possibly.' 1 Feeling shabby a refusing and trying to mak amends, for I knew what W was to be strictly up against it for I saw the door thrown open to a tall figure in khaki, whose patenl If atlicr hair and little black mustache completely Lranscenileil his uniform. ed. I'd feel mortified to have your wife see JL" I included hor with a smil«. "Now if yon were a lone man." I led with my chin, "that might be different. Men aren't observant, I've found." f signed off with a you-see-how-il-is look of resignation. Too laic I realized I'd stepped on a verbal banana peel. Captain Homeless let rne have my moment. Then he said, "I ave just the right fellow for you, >frs. Roberts. A sergeant. He's uile a gentleman, I think. He's iving at Ihe hotel, loo, and thor- hlv unable lo afford il. It would be a Christian charily for you to ake him in and I'd even forgive •ou for not taking us." lodging, I tried to vindicate myself. "You see, I have no help. run a Canteen and work at the --^........-------..-- — -- Sewing Room. One day each week ' v% . p*14* i ] Lnke a Ehift as nurses' aide in the i M A Ilin i* hospital." I babbled on_h* \nnk*.H RADIO 1 REPAIR ! 1 anil 'i-IJay Service on Any > Make or Model [ Reliable Workmanship ! Phone 2642 I \Ve Call For and Deliver I Fred Callihan I Elct.rical Appliance Co. ! Authorized Motorola { Sales Service i I(Ifi So 1st. St. hospital." I babbled on—he looke so interested. "What with one thing and another, my hou» Is a mess. The silver never g«U pol ished. The comers never (et durt Fur Expert PRESCRIPTION SERVICE Call 4601 NICHOLS DRUG OOB, though he'd been tuned in to this point, suddenly went off the air. I could not reach him with my [rantic S O S; he was mpervious to the pressure of my oot. Driving home from the concert. ' wailed for Rob to open the sub- ect of the roomer. When we were iearly to our corner and he hadn't said a word about it, I prodded him. A doctor once diagnosed me as a truck with a one-cylinder engine, whereas he found Rob lo as sleek 35 hJ5 convertible, un- given to hard work, but with wealth of power in reserve. Therefore I wasn't surpri.-cd when Hob said, "I think we're doing enough for the war effort. Bring air raid warden is no cinch, and you're up to your ears in Red Cro^s activities. Besides/ 1 he added plaintively, "we gave Bill," "No we didn't. HP gave himself. We couldn't have kept him out.** IVe rode along in silence for another block or two. Then I Lriec again to clear with Sydney. "What do you think about renting a room?" I repeated. "I think you've boon talking when you should have been listening. You've talked yoursel into something. Now let's see you talk yourself out." I reminded him of the time wi landed in New Orleans from a Caribbean cruise with a three-da; interval before failing on anothe liner to New York and fount every hotel jamparked. How w faced tlie propped of silting up al night in a lobby chair, maybe fo three nights. How he finally through a clerk in a book slor who half knew him because h often loaded up on reading matte before a sailing, found us a room with R widow who didn't objec bo making a little easy money—$1 a night looked to me like easy money, but nt thnt lime I'd never had a lodger. Mrs. Uilcy even sent tip tray bi e.'ikfnsts. "What arc you tjilking nbout?" Rob interrupted my now nf compassion. "This Kuy has a place to sleep." I'D hud 20-some yrar? experience with Hob's grulT baik. I took not her lock. "Yes, 1 Know," 1 agreed, "but omchow, under the cirvumstaiiui's. t doesn't seem quite docc-nt for us 0 maintain a 10-rocim house just or ours el ve.s." Truth \vns, I had earned there was some fun to urming an establishment. Hill's row d h a d n n mcd our h ouse Grand Central Station;" wo wore scd to having gangs mill through vith the gay abandon of pic- ickers. Rob wasn't. He looked at me in (isgust. lie said with ovoreni- is, as one speaks to a backward child or n foreigner learning English, "Got this: (;O It isn't our attlt there is a hot^inij shortage. b) H IhoFe fool? in Washington were half as .smart as they think hoy nro, we wouldn't have a lousing shortage. <c) You're out of your head if you think T'U let you turn our house into a hold. !d) Taxes ami rationing I have to ake. but roomer? 1 don't, (e) It's 1 helluva riolr ^hrn n ni.iti o feel guilly because lie oci:upit5 ''iis own hou.^c." Sensing how- hr fell, 1 considered! the sxibjcct L'losc-d and my- scll safe from my inclinations, a booming basso next day a>kcd over the telephone if I were Ihe Mrs. Roberts of whom Caplain Homeless had spoken. T couldn't deny it. The voice said he was rKcaiH Phillips. "Oh!" I exclaimed, "I'm up to my elbows in cookie dough." i distinctly heard lips sinock. "In an hour then?" "Yes, an hour should be all right." "Roper," he barked in most clipped and military syllables. Full speed abend I finished baking the cookies, changed out of Ihe house dress, nnd was flapping powder on my red and perspiring face when the front door chimes rang. "I'll get it!" Kob called. Ho nnd a fire horse had something In common in the matter of bells. As I descended the stairs, I saw the door thrown open lo a tall figure in khaki, whose patent leather hair, sideburns, and little black mustache completely transcended his drab uiutorm. (To He Continued) Seed Soybeans Our Specialty SPRING PLANTING OATS Also Alfalfa, I.cs|>ede/a, Sweet Sudan, Smlan, Pasture Mixlures, l.a\vn Mixtures and other field seeds. 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