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July 15, 194* MU*B Cliy OI«k«-a*Mtt«. CHr. I BY ^ * HAMILTON CHAPTER 38 MR. DURFEE, it developed, was an old friend. Andrew felt inordinately pleased that Mr. Woodford had chosen him to come along with them s and listened to their talk and reminiscence in respectful silence, with only an occasional interpolation. Mr. Durfee was thinking' of building a house, but it had not yet got be•yond the thinking stage. Still, Andrew was sure that after tonight he would have a very good chance at the designing of that house, particularly when Mr. Woodfovd described his alterations on the Wheeler place in glowing terms. "Of course," he added, ''young Paulson here has some very handsome pieces of furniture, and a fine sense of decoration, so the interior was most attractive looking. But I'm very much inclined to discount these things, Durfee, and I can tell you the house itself was a good job. . . . Well enough of houses. Have you closed your office for good now?" he asked his friend. "Yes, and I don't know whether I'm glad or sorry. It gave me a pang, I can tell you, to walk out of there for the last time, and say good-bye to all the staff. But I'd had too much work these last 5 or 6 years, and I can stand a little rest, I think. Still, I felt mighty queer, must have passed The word around, because even a string of our tankers, going past toward the dry- docks to be de-armed and refinished for peace-time service, gave • me a salute." Andrew was interested. "De- armed," he murmured. "I suppose they were fitted with pill boxes and anti-aircraft guns." "And concrete around the deckhouse—those ships took some awful strafing on the trip to Russia," Durfee explained. "And then, of course, they all had skid-decks to be removed, and they have to be re-painted—" "Skid-decks." Andrew said the word" thoughtfully, some memory tugging at his brain. He had seen some of those tankers fitted for the carrying of fighter planes and other rush cargo. "That's the deck they built on top, isn't it?" he asked. "What do you mean, on top?" Mr. Woodford demanded. Mr. Durfee explained. "It was a long flat deck built about 9 feet above the regular deck of the tanker, so that it looked a little like an airplane carrier. A tinker, you know, has the deckhouse aft, and then a.long stretch to the bow, uninterrupted by anything larger than the expansion trunks, and pipes, and so forth." Andrew suddenly sat forward in his chair. "Those skid-decks must have been built of pretty heavy lumber," he said, trying to excitement out of his Three by eights or so. keep the voice. "Sure. Some of them larger." "And they'd be beautifully seasoned planks by now." "After 4 years of weather? I should say so!" Durfee looked at him with sudden n e w respect. "Say, I see what you're getting s atl I could use some of that stuff for the house I'm thinking of building!" Andrew sat back, letting out his breath a little to hide his disappointment. "No, I wasn't getting at that at all," he admitted slowly. "I was thinking of some houses I'm trying to build. Do you think there'd be any chance of my getting some of that stuff?" Durfee puffed on his pipe a moment. "I don't thinjc so," he said. "You see, • the dry-dock is paid by the government to re-fit the tanker and whatever is salvaged and sold (that is, whatever doesn't belong to the government) is credited to the shipowner. In this case, the oil company, you sec." "But what would they do with the lumber?" Andrew pressed this point. "Nothing. In the first place, it will probably be ripped off in such a way that it's ruined, anyhow. To save time, you know." "But it needn't be." Andrew pursued the idea in his mind. "No. ... If the right man were approached—" "By you." " by someone in authority," Durfee corrected him with a twinkle, "I think it could be arranged that the lumber would be carefully removed and saved.... I'll look into it when I go back to Boston Monday." Andrew had to be content with that, but his mind was already racing. If he could get hold of some lumber like that, he would have well-seasoned timbers for the studding and joists of his pi-ojected house. For more than one, perhaps. If it didn't cost too much to have it handled carefully and freighted-up here. When he went downstairs again, Joan was nowhere in sight. Her mother was comfortably ensconced in a corner with a friend, and he hesitated to interrupt her. Before he could make up his mind to do so, a slender hand touched him on the arm. Mary Roland smiled at him brilliantly. "Well," she said , "you weren't really thinking of settling down with 2 old ladies, were you? Not with me around!" She did not give him a chance to reply, but steered him toward the sun-parlor * which had been cleared for dancing. Two couples were languidly moving about to the music from a mammoth radio- phonograph at one side. One of them, he saw, was Carol and a strang'e young man who had thick wavy blond hair and a permanent sneer. Carol waved to him. "Who's the world-weary individual?" Andrew asked Mary as his arm encircled her waist and they started off across the floor. "That's Ralph. His people have just come up." Ralph The name struck a familiar chord. For a moment Andrew searched his memory, then he had it. "Young Estabrook?" he asked. "Of course. I'd forgotten you wouldn't know. You seem so—so established here," Mary said with a smile, "that it's hard to think of you as a comparative stranger." Andrew thought privately, after another glance at the young, discontented face, that one consol- DAILY CROSSWORD ACROSS 1. Cutting tools 6. Mountain range {India) 9. Support 10. River (Fr.) 11. Desire strongly 12. Decorates 14. Exclamation 15. Devour 17. Narrow, woveri strip 18. Nocturnal bird 20. Lap robe 22. Exclamation 23. Design 25. To meddle 28. Sailor (slang) 30. Pastry 31. Small roller 34. 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Each day the code letters are different. »' A Cryptogram Quotation NAZRZ EQZ NAZK. LAYT ZHZM NAYRZ tZEQ LAY EQZ NAZTRZVHZR IZEQZX — RGXYMGJR. Yesterday's Cryptoquote: I HAVE NEVER DESIRED TO VLEA.SE THE PEOPLE—SENECA. Distributed by Klac Twtures SyaolcaU. Iac. > ation lor having sold the Wheeler place was that he wouldn't have Ralph Estabrook for a neighbor. Even though it was only iiy the summers, and the Estabrooks were quite some distance away. "I see Carol has already met him." "Oh, yes, I gather she's been haunting the boundary line ever since she heard he had come up," Mary said with surprising acerbity. Andrew looked down at her, was in knee 'They used to wondering if she herself was smitten with the almost Grecian profile of young Ralph. "You've known him long?" "Ever since he pants," she said, come up here summers and rent a small place. Then, when Mr. Estabrook made all his money, they built their present house." She added, with a note of admiration, "He's a perfect devil. Always was, too." Andrew could well imagine it. The more he stared at young Estabrook, the less he liked. him. This surprised him, because his was essentially a friendly nature. It couldn't be attributed to jealousy, either, he thought, analyzing his own emotions with an inward smile, for he could not imagine being jealous of any man's attentions to Carol—the little spitfire. If it had been Joan, now . . . He made up his mind to look up Joan as soon as this dance was over. As if she sensed his withdrawal, Mary sides, her bright eyes were always following the progress > of Ralph and Carol. Andrew offered to get Mary some punch, but she laughed at him. "You don't have to practice manners up here," she told him. "I know you want to fet away ... Joan's in the dining room—or was, when last seen," she added with a knowing twinkle. Andrew headed for the dining room. 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