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The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 17

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^Embattled £Q\ Ht^Pfcfc *^ / OPfMjf r~ BDl £"TJ*IAJ ^^^^"^ - --***- MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE CHAPTER FORTY-TWO RESTtt'ICK CARNES was right. Aoby planned to sleep in her clothes. In fact, most passengers on the Lorelei had that same intention. "If Pierre knew I was going to sleep in this wool traveling suit, he'd have 16 fits. He was the most fastidious o£ my husbands--that is, after he started spending my money. Until then, he had some baggy flannel trousers and a dress suit that some tenor had given him in Milan and two painter's smocks. But after we were married, no South American parrot had more glorious plumage. And that was when--" "You're rambling a bit, Abby," Paige commented in a stony voice that helped Abby get a grip'on her nerves. The older woman's shoulders slumped. "Yes. So I was." She said nothing more., but Paige watched her put some vitamin pills into a rubberized packet which she then carefully wedged into the zipper pocket of her suit-jacket along with money and a strand of pearls. The captain of the Lorelei made his speech to the passengers at 5 o'clock. Although everyone knew by that time pretty much what had happened, they were there nevertheless, crowded into the salon, spilling out into the reading room and writing room. His words merely confirmed shipboard rumors. "Ladies and gentlemen, we are in a state of war. Pearl Harbor was attacked this morning by the Japanese. I do not know the exact extent of damage, so please do not ask me any questions along those lines. I have the difficult task of getting almost a thousand persons to ths mainland. I am following a zig-zag course and we are making top speed. I shall do everything in tny power to see 'you safely ashore." Contrary to their feelings of earlier in the day everyone seemed to want to get away from the crowd. The slim comfort of individual quarters seemed more desirable. Many wore life belts. Their chagrin had been lightened by the captain's condoning their faint-lieartedness. ''Do not feel ashamed. Do not let anyone who makes fun of you make you feel ashamed" he said. Abby and Paige filtered away with the rest. On the lanai they again took up the gin rummy game that they had been playing before they went to hear the captain's speech. Not only then, but (hey had played practically all afternoon. There were no diversions. No horse races. No bingo. No slot machines. No dancing promised for the evening 1 Abby shivered. "I detest this fog." '·So do the Japs." The little woman's eyes flared. "You've got something there, darling. And I was too selfish to think of it." She slapped a protective hand over the cards as the Lorelei swooped so far over that the card table swooped along with it. The sea had been almost even with their closed lanai windows. "Hev, the captain is really taking this thing through the drink 1 , isn't he?" The globeless lamp fell and baskets of flowers skidded across the floor as speed again threw the ship low. Though it was good to know that the fast roughness was a result of the captain's exerting every effort to rush them to safety, it at the same time emphasized their danger. At dinner everyone tried to be gay, but it was farcical. Disgusting, even, lor one heard, "Order an especially delicious dinner. Eat a lot. It may be your last, you know." Sophomoric wise-cracks that annoyed everyone, even those who said them. No one loitered longer than necessary at his table, because it was the lowest section of the ship and seemed more frightening, also because the waiters were on watch duty that night and in a hurry to finish their serviirg. "Let's go to our room," suggested Abby, "and have a cigaret, then go to bed." They went up in the elevator with its one tiny light clouded in midnight blue paint, stumbled along dark hallways and into their room. Duly the reading lamps at the top of the bods had been left in and even they were covered with bath towels. Towels were also an extra precaution over ihe blackout windows between the room and the lanai. "Funny," Abby said, "I don't feel like talking. I suddenly don't even want to talk about any of my husbands and that is most irregular." She had not sat down. She was walking around the room, stretching to her tallest, straightest position. "I felt bad enough before dinner and now I feel worse. That abysmally unhealthy dinner of filet mignou and baked Alaska. I won't sleep a wink." '·Nor would you if you'd had crackers and milk," Paige told her. "Let's slip out on the lanai --. a while and listen to the water. Perhaps it will make us sleepy." The glass bedroom door had been blacked out. as had the windows, but not the double doors :hat looked on to the sea from the 'anai. The bedroom lights had to DC turned out before they dared go outside. They felt their way with their hands and lay down on ihe rattan chaise lounges. Briefly Paige thought back to her trip with Rusty on Hie IMazatlan. She and the Lorelei were sister boats aut the comparison,'in view of the situation, was so grim as to make a person hysterical. That trip with Rusty seemed like something that Happened years ago. Abby was not being lulled by the ,'aters. It lapping did not possess the quality of lulling. Abby described it perfectly. "Sounds darn cold and clammy and wet down there in Davy Jones' habitat." "Let's go back," Paige said quickly. Again the two women stumbled through the blackness into their room, fished for the tiny chains of their alloted lamps then lay down, fully clothed, to wait for the morning. At approximately the same hour. SCOTT'S SCRAP BOOK By R.J. SCOTT WILL PRODUCE.THREE K OHE SEASON? WOULD EXCEEDS IK RANtEUR -friE. MIRRORS, RIBBONS. . WORM fEC INDIANS IK _^_ AU. DAr-DANCES m SUJXAPAM VILLAGE, ( DAILY CROSSWORD ACROSS 1. Cut, as wood 5. Infant 9. Frolic 10. Antelope 12. Ascertained the weight deduction 13. To call out 14. On the summit 15. Recluse IS, Polish 17. Thin stratum 18. State (abbr.) 19. Applauded 21. Cash 22. Exclamation 23. Help 24. Not coarse 25. Storage crib 26. Chance 27. Implement 29. Obstacle 30. Land measure 32. Sphere 33. White ant 35. Masurium {sym.) 3. Dwarf 3". Weaken 38. Be present at 40. Part of ear 41 .Thin fabric 42. Pertaining to Pope 43. Ear shell 44. Objects of Worship 45. Cliques 46. Spread grass to dry DOWN l.Knifelike implement 2. Spanish "'eight 3. Cry 4. Male nickname 5. Decapitate 6. Warning 7. Soothing ointment 8. Stimulate 3. Stiffening agent 11. Senility 15. JCotice 17. Whirl 20. Bucket 21. Undressed hide 24. To till the soil 25. Short for Robert 26. Male red (Jeer 27. Pulpy food 28. Public speakers 29. Fold over 30. Kettledrums 31. Repulses 33. Those who adjust 34. Small crustacean 36. Rent again f Answer 39. Ascertain the speed of 40. Draw water 42. Abyss CRTPTOQtJOTE--A cryptogram quotation O K T P H H L E F V O Y N N J Y M R ; K G G Y I N Y H L E F V O Y N M L Y N K O Y I H -- N Y I Y U M . TMt«rday'n Cryptoquote: FOR TRUTH IS TRUTH TO THE END OF THE RECKONING--SHAKESPEARE. THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 1943 because of the diflerence in time, dusk was Hearing in Honolulu. Restwick Carnes drove as swiftly as he dared so he and Choppo would reach the Royal Hawaiian before the blackout. Ue lost no lime in telephoning Eugenia. While he waited for her la answer his call he' again was touched by the same fanatical obsession thai had gripped him whoa overpowered by Jiio. The insolent incredulity of such things happening to Restwick Carnes III. That was how he felt. "Come on over, Eugenia," he invited, "and we'll have dinner together. I'm too weak to go out." In answer to a remark, lie made a gesture of irritation. "Oh, now, Eugenia, f think even the most prudish etiquette would tell you it's O. K., considering the circumstances." Choppo jerked the phone from him. "Listen, buttercup, Rusty and me has been out fighting a war today. It's a heck of a time for you to get coy. Stop giving out that double talk and get over here and help me nurse Rusty," The man's annoyance at feeling so light headed, so incapable of. motion, was no worse than Eugenia's annoyance at having been, as she expressed it, neglected all day. Ill humor descended upon her married fiance like the fury of a locust plague on a tender crop. "Pipe down'." ground out Choppo. Rusty said nothing. He lay, eyes closed, not moving. The girl ignored the little red- .haired boy, to address Rusty again. "Dear me, now you're all tired out playing soldier. How sad!" she jeered. "Chasing around all day,' BOARD AND ROOM By GENE AHERN 1 TOLD -rCLi THE JUDGE \S OUT BOWLING / AND CEASH THAT K55P ipue AR_V,S FOLDED, EP, OR. HE'LL STEAL. BLANKET/-- OtJCE IM TEXAS / HE STOLE 8 MILES OF BARBED V/IR.S OFF A RANCH WITHOUT PULLING A THREAD OUT OF HIS WOOL ^^^ MITTENS . o ° A3OJT ME BEING MODEST MAIDENS "Do IHAFTA stay up till ya finish that mys- tay novel?" STRICTLY PRIVATE" dtsuric Rtnittrrf V, S. F*'.at Offl;* WAT W\ TV)' THIHS VtXi LBWiEfc I TOLD AWI AlfiKT GET A CHANCE TO GOTO AIR CORfeSCHOOL SMe \UEWT ?X\ ~ CUT «« KWD A PRNATt TUTOR... ST I QDNW!CS *£. IHIAS HJKKH A P.S..UHUT 1 HEED NSXT 1==, A 1-14 Choppo answered the door and ook a tray from a waiter. ''Farm e:" he gmnted, deliberately jumping Eusenki with his bony knees as he drew close to the man n the bod. "Here's your raw .teak juice, IJusty. It'll help make up for your blood." Gently the girl sank to the bed and pried the glass from Choppo's 'ngers. ''I'll hold it. Oh, darling." e said to Rusty, 'Tin so ashamed. I didn't know." Her blond head dropped to his chest in a caress, then lifted so that her brown eyes were gazing into his. "So ashamed," she repeated. "It's just that I've been so frightened here all alone." '·Frightened'.'" croaked Choppo. '·Haw! Haw! I'm laughiiV. You ain't scared of nothin'. A gal who can swing from one lanai to the next one just like old Daniel CORCHY SMITH Boone on his grapevine swing in the picture books--" "Choppo, dear, I don't know what you're talking about." She patted his arm in a way that, instead of petting, thrust him aside. "I'm talking about the day you swung on to Rusty's and Paige's lanai and got into that hair-pullnf with Paige about the jewelry in her purse." (To Be Continued) LUTHERAN* NAME OFFICERS COULTER--At the annual Lutheran church meeting, Nels C. Pcderscn was the new member elected to succeed Jim Johausen, on the church board. Others elected were Harry Lind, deacon; Martin Johansen, president; Andrew Sorcnson, secretary; Clarence Jx-Jrson, treasurer, and HerliCt Yt- ?.en, board member. Ey FRANK ROBBINS MUGGS AND SKEETER BIG SISTER- -By WALLY BISHOP By LES FORGRAVE OAKY DOAKS WBS I SOCKED HIM A BIT TOO HARD NO! TWATS ALL RIGHT! IF ME'LL, JUST STAY TriAT SVAV TILL- TILL WHAT? sou VOL) AGAINST T^ESE WOODS .' UICK NCW, BEFORE HE FINDS OuT I KNOW ABOJT HIM AMD MIS INTO / DOiMG Ml PAL. WONDER WHY HE SOCKEO . HIS PAL TUAT \VAY .' -^ _ By R .6. FULLER I BET VOU'P BE SCARED TD KHOCK A CHIP OFF MY SHOULDER-IF I HAD A CM\P WAIT, SIR SLJCK- I'U- GIVE VDO OKIE ' USE MV TOOTHPICK CHUMS-BuT I WANT IT BACK.' f DOUBLE PARE /WHO? 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