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January 9, 1943

The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 10

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CHAPTER THIRTY-EIGHT M, AIGE ' S FIRST Bought who dream , Abby's face still had that gray Paia» i a n d she was tre mbling £aige also was trembling. He nands were clenched around th loot of the bed. She had no moved. Her fears were now taking refuge in a catty remark di- "nlfu fray-haired woman t t- ,n u ana destruction--fantastic! she accused. Right aftei she had ridiculed Abby, she regretted having taken such an advantage. Her little friend was sick with fear. '·Choppo," she whispered pit«- ously, "X should have made him come along." Paige moved then. The distress of her companion gave her strength to move. "Now, don't worry about Choppo. He seems to get along regardless of what happens." She put her arm about Abby and led her on to the porch Again the little woman looked directly down at the water "I knew we were speeding for some reason.' Her mind went back to her pbsteperous little redhead. .Besides, he's never been through anything like what is happening." It could be exaggerated." ,,_ Hcr solace was pushed aside 1 Or worse!" "Who told you?" "One of the waiters. It leaked through from the radio room" . , Oh ' n. ow Abby, wait until the information is authentic. Don't fcelieve what some underling em- ploye-- , '!° h '. shu .t "P. Paige. All your blithering jsn't going to change things. You know darn well the best grapevine on a ship is the nelp. A memory of Restwick Carnes having used the same system on the Mazatlan came back to Paige. Abby began lo talk again. "You couldn't get any music on the radio, could you? No! And I just tried to send Choppo a radio message. And could I? No! You know the answer. We're under radio silence--" ., " Even s °." insisted the girl, there could be a mistake." - She leaned over the railing to peer info the adjoining lanais and down on the lower deck. ''Everything seems calm enough." "Yeh," jeered Abby. "With the captain churning water up to the bncige. You're soaking wet and haven't sense enough to know it. You're as frightened as I. So stop kidding yourself." Paige did at that exact moment, lor their door opened without the formality of a knock, and in burst their room steward. "It's here!" he yelled, and headed toward them. In his hand was a bucket of paint and a large brush. "You'll have to get inside while I paint these glass windows." Even as he spoke, his brush was swiping furiously across the iron and glass door. Speed was his only motive not care, for the black paint landed in spots on the green walls and on the grass-carpeted floor. For protection to their clothes :he two women stepped back into the bedroom, as the steward had suggested. They did not sit down. They stood silent, unable (o take their eyes from the perspiring workman. When he had finished lie said, 'I won't be able to make up your room until this evening. I've "ot to help on B deck.. Every window must be blacked out before dusk." Abby's voice suddenly sounded as if she'd never been frightened n her life. "I think we can make up a couple of beds. You keep smearing that paint, pal." Paige asked bluntly, "Do you hink we'll get a convoy?" "Too dangerous. The captain doesn't dare send out our posi- lon. He's zig-zagging and speed- ng. That's all he can do." The steward took his bucket and brush and hurried out. ' The women were alone. Without vords they began to straighten neir room. It was a relief to have omething to do with their hands. They did not talk. There was no need to talk. The steward had said everything "It's here!" * * * Awakened by a distant rum- ling, Restwick Carnes' first sen- ation was one of extreme irri- ation, heightened by the fact tha Choppo was not in the bed across -om him. Kindred irritation racec hrough him at the sound of so many bombers. He looked at his watch. It was ten minutes alter Darn it all, why did they have to start bombing practice at such an hour? Especially on Sunday? Even on week days they hardly ever were heard around the hotel until 10 o'clock. And Choppo' Young. Increasingly healthy. And « P . a i unhol y hours, considerin that Rusty had danced until mid night, then sat in the garden with Eugenia for another hour. Very likely thp little pest was downstairs on the terrace demanding breakfast. Me had grown proficient at tantalizing the help into early service, largely by pretending to help them with their duties. He particularly liked to supervise the moving o£ chairs To save time, the little native busboys pushed eight or ten chairs together across the dance floor as a child places chairs when playing train. Choppo aided them, usually bv getting Jnto the leading chair and Playing engineer. They fed him to be rid of him. But he was not there this morning. He was on the lanai, so breathlessly interested that Rusty did not see him until he was almost against the railing Neither did Choppo see Rusty He was peering iirst toward the sky then toward the sands. Huddled tnere were the busboys, neglecting their duties to peer, also, at the sky. The soft tread of Busty's slippers caused the child to turn "Hey ?,?""". he greeted in a whisper, I think we've got us a war," MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE "Don't be silly!" Rusty said angrily, then was twice as angi-y because he realized he had whispered back as carefully. Too, there was something about the wisps of black smoke curling into the skies, and in the sight of too many planes o£ various sizes thundering about, something in the excitable manner of the boys on the beach. "I'm frightened," the man thought with a rising horror. He started to yell to the native boys. "Don't!" cautioned C'hoppo in his same husky whisper. "Don't stir up everybody. Let's you and me go take care of this." Restwick Carnes (hen felt like giggling, but he dared not, because of Choppo's seriousness. Too, he was afraid that what might emerge from his mouth would not be a giggle, but a silly hysterical cackle instead. They hurred into sport shirts. Rusty put on slacks. Choppo put on a pair of torn shorts and they stole quietly out of the Royal. They did not ring for the elevator. They walked down the semi-circular stairway and on across the hall to the main doorway, then ran to Rusty's convertible and headed out of the driveway. Now that they were outside they could see mysterious spirals ot black smoke rising from the direction of Hickam field. Restwick -arnes' chin became stubborn as ic headed in that direction. Choppo leaned over and twisted oh the radio. There it was. On the radio. That stern, portentous ·farming. "Ladies and gentlemen, Oahu is under enemy attack. Take cover, please. Clear 1he streets. This is the real thing, ladies and gentlemen. Be calm. Be careful." Again that voice at the station commanded, " C l e a r the streets please." Choppo said, "Guess that means everyone not out on important duty like we are." The voice over the radio said. SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, SCORCHY SMITH "Ladies and gentlemen, the insignia of the Rising Sun has been spotted on the enemy planes." "What does he mean?" demanded Choppo. , Bestwick , Carnes gritted his teeth. "Japs!" He lelt tears in his eyes. "I (old you, Rusty. Dirty squint- eyes! I told you!" The rumbling noise was stronger as they ntared Hickam field. There was the smell of smoke and flames in the air. Mercy vehicles were already heading back from the flying field, loaded with wounded, headed for the hospitals. "I should have left you at the hotel, Choppo." "Heck, no! Hey, Rusty, this is a real war, isn't it? You'll be in a uniform now, won't you, Rusty'.'" The childish face was proud as (he boy fastened his eyes upon his idol. Again Restwick Carnes fought tears. 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