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loir XI, 1M8 OKr QU , VMM Cttr. b. BY KflY HAMILTON CHAPTER 43 Andrew went to sit on a corner of Joan's desk. "I've had an offer," he said abruptly. She looked up at him, startled. To buy the house? Already? Before it's built?" "No, this is an offer for my architectural services." "Oh," she clasped her hands together with pleasure. "Mr. Durlee's going to put up his summer place, and he has engaged you." "No," he said again, "this is something much bigger. A charitable organization in New Jersey has been left a huge old mansion and a sum of money to turn it into a sanitarium . . . They want me to do the job." Surprisingly, she said nothing, but her lids fluttered down, and her hands, after one spasmodic tightening of the fingers, fell into her lap. Her face was very still. At last she said, "How long would it take?" "I don't know all the' details, but about a year, I suppose." Still she said nothing, and Andrew, somehow, was strangely pleased. He said quietly, "Shall I take it, Joan?" "Oh, no!" she cried involuntarily, then flushed furiously. "I don't mean that! You should do whatever you think best, of course. It's a chance to further your career, and I suppose you'd be foolish . . ." "It would mean quite a bit of money, too," he inserted. She brushed that aside. "That doesn't matter so much as the fact that you'd be doing work you're trained for ... But your housing development, Andy!" "Oh, I imagine I could stay long enough to finish that. Or I could sell the house as it stands right now, with' the supplies and the drawings all in hand." She looked up at him with something like appeal in her eyes. "Are you—going to do that?" she asked. "Of course not. I'm going to •tay right here, and go through with the whole development. I'm a Branfielder now, you know." She took a deep breath of relief, then smiled at him. "I think you're horrid to get me all upset for no reason at all." "No reason?" he teased her. •'Until one minute ago, I wasn't entirely sure that I was staying. But now I am." He went back to his room to alter his drawings for the house. With the plywood available for this new purpose, he could have several built-in features that he had had to pass up, most reluctantly, when he made his original plans. He was deep in his work, when Nora came and Emma Potts called him down. Nora looked as if she had just won the Irish Sweepstakes. "Well, I did it!" she announced. "The dear old soul signed on the dotted line—or rather, she will sign if you'll bring her a dotted line to sign on! She even invited me for dinner this noon!" Andrew grinned at her. "I'll wager it was good, too," he teased her. "It was not! Greasy fried potatoes, and some sort of unidentifiable fried meat, and stewed dried apples! Ugh! If I die of in- You've no idea on her. First I digestion, I expect you to put up a marker in memoriam." "I will," he promised at once. "Something like this: 'Here lies'Nora Huntington Who used to be a.sinner But she redeemed herself by eating One fried dinner." Nora made a move at him, and sank into the most comfortable rocker on the porch. "I really feel awfully upset, low I worked learly had her in tears about how nard it was to get any decent wood, and she said she'd 'heard tell' as much; than I said that you couldn't possibly fix it up unless you could use the wood from the barn and the porch, and she agreed to that, too. Then I had her, you see, and from there on it was just a matter of wearing her down. But these New Hampshire people take a lot of wearing," she sighed ludicrously. "Goodness knows how much of me is left!" "How long has it taken you?" Andrew asked, curiously. "Two weeks and 3 days," she answered promptly. "When I took you up on the suggestion, I thought I could do it in one visit, or maybe 2. But the stubborner she got, the stubborner I got, and I finally decided I'd get her to sell if I had to stay up here all sum-, mer ... I think I will stay all summer, anyhow. I like it up here." Andrew, remembering her tirades about the country a few weeks before, wisely said nothing. "I can't expect the Howells to put up with me indefinitely, so I'm moving to the Forest Hills on Saturday, and as soon as Peckett's get a cancellation, I'm going to try to get in there What's next, darling?" Andrew grinned at her. "As if I didn't have enough on my mind," he chided her, "without having to you into an efficient secretary and^a mine of information concerning the ma'- terials of his trade, but what he bad not realized was that she was a Branfielder of standing, and well liked in the community. Unobtrusively, but with careful selection, she began to look up men who had building knowledge. This was not as strange as it first sounded to Andrew, for most of the farmers, most of the men whose families had lived in the neighborhood for generations, had an excellent training in the use of tools, and—what, was more—a good understanding of what they were doing when they used them. She sent him a retired woodsman, who lived alone in a small cottage on a hill. He was a little stiff with rheumatism, but his skill with hammer, saw, and chisel was unimpaired. She sent him a business man who had been with the Seabees in the war, and who hankered for the chance to do something in the construction line. She sent him a wiry, dark-beardec French-Canadian who had once been a mason, but who was currently driving a taxi. With these 3 Andrew made hi start. He had trouble finding anyone to unload the lumber from the freight cars, but Josh Beadle helped him there, and Andrew himself turned to and heaved with the rest of them. He was so busy that he did not realize how much time had passed. When Nora had said it had taken her 2 weeks and 3 days to persuade the old woman to sell her house, he had been astounded to find that that much time had passed since the exciting day when he and Eph had rescued Carol. Now, with matters finally started on his house, he wondered what had happened to. the Sayres, and he dropped around there one evening to visit. Millie greeted lim with a friendly smile. "Come n," she said. "Father is in the library, as usual. We can hardly jet him out of there when it's time to go to bed, he likes it so well." (To Be Continued) Kids Visit Bar Chicago, (/P)—A dozen children, each carrying a balloon, trooped into a west side saloon. They climbed up on stools and ordered pop. The afternoon habitues asked: "What goes?" The bartender explained. This lady was giving a birthday party for her son. She wanted to treat the guests to a television show. She didn't have a set. The tavern did. So she made arrangements to bring the youngsters over for 20 minutes. NOAH MUMSNUU. EOOIC, PIO THE FI(5_PVWE To /^. 7-Z.I /MOAH-= AFiE THE" VEN~Tf?l LOQUI STS ..DUMMIES MAC>E OF ( AL.WAYS HAVE? A HIOH MRS MELV/M Tree-MTDAi^ (N. OAH=IS THE MOOM HELt> UP BV tttl by think up projects to keep amused. Why don't you go the business?" "The real estate business?" Nora shook her head. "There's an awful lot to learn about it," she said, "and state licenses and things like that. I'm too dumb for it." "No, I didn't mean that exactly. I meant the scouting business, the wearing-down business. If I'm going to establish myself around here, I'll need to know of more than one old farmhouse that could be remodeled when better times come. Why don't you hunt them up for me awhile? You've got your car, and the time . . ." "I just might, at that," Nora laughed, "and surprise you! By the way, how's the house coming?" "At the present moment, it isn't coming at all. I can't find the workmen. There's an awful lot of building and repairing going on, in spite of shortages, and every available man seems to be taken. I had hoped to have it done and ready for occupancy by Labor Day, but it looks now as if I wouldn't get anywhere near my goal." It was this that bothered him more than he would say. He tracked down every lead, hoping to get hold of men, but they were all engaged for some time ahead, and though they were pleasant enough, and—he felt—would have been glad to work for him, their present contracts could not be ignored. And then, just as he was about to despair of ever getting any workmen for the house, Joan took a hand. He had known she was DAILY CROSSWORD In pinochle, declare for score Movable barrier DOWN Surprise Conjunction Sandarac tree Quick Likely Jump Brightly- huerl bird Boat Platform Perched 16. Anything- that whirls 19. Jackdaw 21. Male cat 24. Head covering 26. Not many 29. Norse god 31. Pilot 32. Appears 33. Disclose 34. Put on 36. Public notice 37. 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