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Mason City, Iowa
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Friday, July 23, 1948
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July «, IMS Clly Cllr, PitfcJtMKrf fcy Kfaf tohm* Syn£c«J* BY KOY HAMILTON CHAPTER 44 OGDEN rose stiffly from his chair. "Sit down, son, sit down. It's good to see you. Finally decided to look up your friends, is that it?" "I seem to be having my first free moment in quite a while," Andrew acknowledged, "and I thought I'd drop by and take Carol to the movies, if she wants to go." "She's not here," Ogden Sayre said with a pleased look. '"She's at some girl's house in Branfield with the crowd." "What crowd?" •" "The one your friend Joan has Inti-oduced her to." When he saw Andrew's surprised expression, he chuckled. "So she did it without you knowing. She's a mighty nice person, that Joan McClure." "I know that," Andrew said warmly. "I'll bet you do! Well, seems she had met Carol at some party you took them both to, and she thought the kid looked lonely— the party was mostly older people, she • said—so she introduced Carol around to some folks her own age, and now she's having a really good time." "No more Ralph?" Andrew asked. Sayre's face darkened momentarily. "Not that I know of," he said. "No, I'm sure she's not seeing him. She's been too natural lately. The way we've always wanted her to be. Working at the filling station has helped,-too." He looked over at his young friend. "I'll never be able to thank you and Merwell—adequately for what you did that night, Delacourt." Andrew's head shot up. He had become so used to being called Paulson that his own name struck him with a sense of shock. "How did you know that was my name?' he asked now, and did not realize how stern he looked. "Now, now," Ogden Sayre said smoothly. "That was just a slip of the tongue. I haven't told a soul—not even Millie." "Yes, but how did you know?' Andrew insisted. "Did you recognize me from pictures in the paper?" "Of course not. I don't think anybody would. You used to look so sort of limp. Maybe it was the way you combed your hair, or tha mustache you wore—I don't know but nobody'd ever take you for tha't person." "Then what was it?" Sayre chuckled. "Your books Didn't you realize you had your book-plate in every one of them? And I helped you to crate them remember, when you moved out?' "Then you've known all this time." Andrew was thoughtful. "Sure I have, and it's been a joy to watch you grow son. You've almost changed from day to day And in the right direction, too. . . You know, when you wanted me to help finance that developmen project of yours, it was all I coulc dp to refuse you. I thought, 'Tha kid has the Delacourt brains, anc he's sure to succeed;, but then thought, too, that it would do you a lot more good if you had t rustle the money for it yourself. "You were right," Andrew ad mitted. "And thanks for keepin my secret, sir. I hope it won't ave to be a secret very much onger." It was still light when Andrew ;ot home, but he was in for a urther surprise. As he came in he kitchen door, Mrs. Potts ooked up to greet him, and Joe vas drinking from a saucer of milk under the sink, his ears laid ack contentedly. For a moment, Andrew doubted he evidence of his eyes. Joe, here n the kitchen, as calm as you please! And Emma Potts, not 5 eet away from him, and apparently unconcerned! Andrew could not speak. He :estured dumbly toward the cat, and looked at his landlady in inquiry. Oh, him?" Mrs. Potts said. 'Yes, I guess he's a member of he family now. I still don't like cats, but Joe's different." Andrew sat down weakly. "Dif- erent?" "You know what he did today? le's been bringing me the mice ic catches in the barn and in the fields. Has 1 or 2 every day, almost, and I always give him a idbit for it. After all, I didn't vant to discourage him from dong his duty. But toda3 r he brought me a mouse with a kink On the end of its t a i 1. hing it was." Andrew couldn't Funny-looking see that this was any different from the usual procedure, but Emma Potts had lot finished. "This afternoon he was back on the steps with another mouse. Only it wasn't another mouse — it was the same one. [ knew it by the tail!" She paused and sat back, looking pleased. Andre w was puzzled. He couldn't see what there was to be pleased about. "W h y, the wretch!" he said. "Chiseling like that!" "Wretch nothing!" Mrs. Potts was indignant. "That cat's bright. Show's he's real New Hampshire folks. So I said to him, 'If you've got that much sense, you might as well" eat in the house with the rest of us,' And here he is." The shrilling of the telephone cut off anything further she might have addect, and she went to answer it. Her face, when she turned from the instrument and beckoned to Andrew, was a study. "It's Joan!" she whispered, mouthing the words elaborately. "She wants to talk to you!" Andrew's heart thumped a little, but his voice was steady when he picked up the receiver. "Andrew?" Joan's voice came to him. Even over the wire, he could sense a certain embarrassment. "Yes, Joan." "I— >-I just wanted to find out how the men are working out — the men I sent you." "They're fine. The old fellow is a little stiff and slow, but he more than makes up for it by being an expert craftsman. The other 2 are tops." . "That's good." A silence. could hear her breathing at the other end of the wire. "I dered how the house was getting along." "It's moving. I'll soon be putting on that siding Alec was able to get for me." Another silence. Andrew, grinning a little to himself, waited. "I'd love to see how it's progressing." Joan got the words out with some difficulty. "Why don't you run over there some evening and take a look qt it?" he said, with a carefully offhand air. "I had thought you might ask me," she retorted. "I would have, if I'd dared," he said. "Why, Andy Paulson," she cried indignantly. "The idea; You know you—" She broke off, obviously remembering. The resentment in" her voice died away, and at last she said meekly, "Aren't you going to ask me?" "Of course I am. How about tomorrow?" He came away from the phone with a little-secret smile playing around the corners of his mouth. Mrs. Potts took one look at him and said, "My stars!" But Andrew paid no attention. He was thinking that at last he had hit upon the right technique. When he had pursued Joan with his heart in his eyes, she had been blind to it, seeing only those things which had distressed her—and evidences of his the mistakes which come from inexperience in living. After that night at the Woodfords' he had make the try again—at least, not for a long time, he decided. had resolved to be friendly, bu' to take no further steps in pursuit. The trouble was, he concluded, that he rushed her too fast, and a certain natural reserve which was one of her chief attractions had been affi'ontcd. So he had proceeded carefully in his relations with her from that time on, and now—in the contrary fashion of women-Mt was she who was making the advances. Even her help in getting him workmen had been a sort of propritiatory gesture, he saw now. But although he maintained his outward calm, he was intensely excited as the next evening approached. He spent so much time over his toilet after supper that Emma Potts had to call up the stairs to him, "It'll be dark in no time, Andy, if you don't hurry up." (To Be Continued) Bargain Rate Appeals Portland, Clerk women fishermen are becoming about as numerous as men. Lutes said it might be because women's Licenses cost only 50 cents while DAILY CROSSWORD ACROSS 1. Wanders about idly Z. Explodes, softly 9. Girl's name 10. Mine entrances 12. Rub out 13. Morning reception 14. Wai p yarn 15. 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