The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 23, 1955 · Page 17
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 17

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, December 23, 1955
Page 17
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llDAY, DECEMBER M, 1958 (ARK.)' COURIER HEW! PAGE SEVENTEEN JR BOARDING HOUSE — with Major Hooplt V Wfc tHCCKsUT OF' • CREATURE]': ALMOST CAST A PALLOR M.Y ' ~YOL>eSOY|^A vDPSSSSD TUE^ey YJAS AM , VOL) MOTICED TUS FOWL'S AFFECTIOM, FOLLOWING M ABOUT THE, YARD? OUT OUR WAY By J. R. Williami WEV, BAZOO, WHA1S THIS ABOUT-YOU BE- |N6 ENSA6ED? TOBY AMD T FOE. A I HAVE YEAR? BEEN I you R»f. U. S- Fit Off. urves that Count ST. LOUIS OR — Take it from a dent of curves, tfie way Amerin \Vomen are put together gives them a longer life expectancy than one reason for the longer lives of men. ! women is their basic bone struc- Louis I. Dublin, an actuary and longtime student of life expectancy curves, told an insurance group ture and physiology. Read Courier • Classified Ads : D,iU*ut^ by H€A. ® 1»H by Ro I 'TiHERE was a young maple 1 tree in full leaf at the end of the lane. It gave shade against the sun and Jered Naish tied the horse to it after he and Phoebe got down from the carriage. His need to he alone with her had made him suggest that they drive out from Salem this afternoon, and she wasn't dressed for a walk on the beach. But she had already started through the crab grass and he followed. Phoebe wore the sort of dress that was correct to receive him in,her father's garden. It was, because of the almost unseason- al June heat, of thin mouselline de sole, emerald in shade. "Slow up," he said; he wanted to see her turn and smile. "You walk too fast for a sailor." "Shall I haul you, slow-poke?" She held out a hand to him, and he laughed aloud out of sheer joy "We're a prim couple to pass as beachcombers," he said. "You're right," she said. "Wait, Jerry, while I take off my slippers and stockings." She stripped the stockings and she put them ana the slippers in his coat pockets without word. His temptation was to seize her, to kiss her, the longing t of the year of absence suddenly dominant. But hold on, man. You have time. They walked the sand close to the water's edge. "You're still prim, Captain. Won't you join me at a bit of paddle Toot?" He bent down at once and jlid out of his elastic-sided gaiters, his socks, rolled up his trousers. "You love me?" she said softly. "I adore you," he said and rose and took her by the shoulders. "Darling, darling," she whispered She walked on down the beach. He hurried along the beach to Phoebe. She stood holding a gray, marvelously smooth piece of driftwood. "Look, Jerry," she said "From where do you think it's come?" He jerked around to stare'at the horizon. "Out there, somewhere." But on the horizon, illuminated clearly in the corus- cant glow, he saw a ship's sails. He recognized them, and the masts and the hull. The hatred left him. replaced by pride. "She's the Bantu," he said. "Sailed a week ahead of us from Shanghai." • • • PHOEBE lightly clasped his arm. She had dropped the piece of driftwood to the sand. "Men like you," she said, "have brought the two halves of the world together." "I don't agree," he said stubbornly. "Look at my dress," she said, "even your coat. The Oriental fashion's strong in both of them, and has held Salem for 40 years. Your sailors have carried the East to us in your ships." Ho had noticed before that she was dressed in Chinese silk. He hart bought the stuff at Whang- poa Silks,, spices, teas, jade, ivory, precious woods. The ships that had sailed those cargoes hnd, Sn.em Us wealth and he was the master of one of the best of them. 'Naish .kissed her. "You're cure," he said, "the marriage BY ROBERT CARSE Ships had given Salem its wealth and he was masler of the best of them! will come off without any flip- flap?" "Three weeks from tomorrow, dear heart," she said. "The only thing that's delayed it has been mother's sickness." She smoothed her hands down his back and then openly retreated from him, "No more of this. I simply can't' stand it. Jerry. Let's get on home. And do remember thai you've been back just four days and propose to be around quite some time before you go to sea again." "Very' well," he said. Still, when ihey were in the carriage and riding in along the Neck towards the white town, magenta-shaded now in the advance of the dusk, he let himself express 'his most secret thought. "You' shouldn't be marrying a sailor " "Jered, Jered," she said," the sea's your trade." "But ever since I've been home," he said, ''all I've heard is how trade has spread inland. The Massachusetts coast began to be forgotten after Mr. Jefferson's war. Half the lads who went to school with me have become I lawyers or engineers, not sailors." "Father's told me that you cleared an average of S24 a cargo ton on your voyage. You're :ishamed of that?" "No, I can't be. in honesty" • * THEY were turning into Chestnut Street towards her home and he felt an. odd stifled sensation; ocople appeared to watch them from every dooryard. Yet he was aware that he must finish this H- checked the horse's trot at the stable gate and said quietly. "Then I promise you that I'll retire by 30. Other men have," "You will." she said, and squeezed his f i n g e i s as she stepped down onto the carriage block. "I have no doubt at all. Don't be long in the stnble. though. You're invited to. supper and I'll make you a drink first." Despite his conscious intention, he slowed on the garden lawn In back of the house after he had left the horse and carriage with the coachman. A pastel spread of shadows was drawn over it and it had lost the precise, formal contour it possessed in the daytime. It was here, he remembered, that Phoebe had brought him the first night he met her in the role of a grown young lady That had been at a rcaeption at Hamilton Hall. He'd been 18 and newly second mate in the brig George and she a couple of months over 17. Fresh in from Calcutta, he had made a good bit j of a fool out of himself at the reception. He had asked her to dance a polka with him, immediately and clumsily trod upon the hem of her frock and ripped a great hunk loose from it. But Phoebe had marvellously responded. "I think I should like a breath of air," she told him. "Do walk out with me. Mr. Second Mat?." When tliey reached the garden he was trembling sober. "Thank you ever so much," he said in a choked voice "You're more than nice, in fact downright decent. I've wrecked your frock and your evening, too." "Don't be silly," she said. "I'll hop in the kitchen and get us some tea, then you can tell me all about Calcutta, the burning 3hats and the rest." When she CRITIC back and they had drunk the tea. he told her very simply that he loved her. "Could you love me?" he said. "Yes," she said; "oh, yes, Jered!" They went in and sat upon the gazebo bench until an upstairs window rattled and she heard her mother's cough. Four years. Jered Naish .bought. From second mate of the George to master in the Mercury. A long haul, but Phoebe's been with you all the way. • * * THE house impressed him as i: always did when he entered it. He halted inside the all Palladian window that opened upon the garden and looked around him while from the hall Phoebe called back that she would b« with him directly with" his drink. The place was one of a number built for the Salem wealthy by Samuel Mclntire in the last few years. It was of Flemish-laid brick in contrast to the old style of white clapboard. The interior contained many family pieces very much identical to those 'in his own home. Capt. Sam Proctor and his father had been partners jfor some years Yet Phoebe's father wasn't the kind to spend anything except a fractional whack of what he owned upon a house. For certain, Captain Sam was by a lot the richer of the two in order to spread himself like this. Phoebe with a tray that bore rum and Madeira. He was slightly surprised, yet pleased when she poured some of the Madeira (or herself. "To us," she said. 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