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The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 9

Mason City, Iowa
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Tuesday, April 7, 1931
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'APRIL 7 1931' MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE tOVE »Vui r PREFERRED By Edna Itobb Webster :r ot "Dad's Girt." "Jorelta," Etc. r- I- k ^ } (Continued From Page 1). ;esh, and the stack of letters had Vemed, to grow instead of dimlnish- jg, as she struggled on in an at- Ismpt to get them all out before five ^'clock. Her ntable fingers flashed over ie keys. The bell buzzed. Oh, both- ·r! What could the boss want now? She opened the big walnut-pan- yled door that gave access to her "-ployer's private office from her ,6wn. Almost a year ago, when she ilad come here as private secretary io Ronald K. Foster, of Foster J.'o., Investment Brokers, another of iiiary Vaughn's dreams had been \ealized. The thrill of it had sub- iiided some time ago, for she had learned that human nature cata- joged Ronald K. Foster in very (nuch the same as that in the John ·Brown files; and that.being a big iroker'a secretary can be just as yosalc, exacting-, routine and exas- Arating as the work of a common Jjtenog" in any line. { But tfie. spacious walnut-paneled ioom \v"'j its hand-made furniture, %ilk-damask window hangings, Georgian mantel and Sarouk rug-with the buzzing, clicking translux Dominating it all--had not lost its ·fascination for her. This was the atmosphere in which she belonged-- ;ot m the 6-room duplex in Paterson .pith its nondescript furniture and Wilton velvet rugs. Perhaps, if she jvcre patient, she might have a lome like this--or at least a one- om apartment just as she wanted t--some day. 'You called me, Mr. Foster?" ary's voice was of such a quality at a harassed, enterprising em- iloyer would hire her as soon as he earned that she was a good typist .ud knew what 5's and 6's meant, the jargon of "the street." Her ·oice matched her personality. "Yes, Miss Vaughn. I feel like a ilave driver to ask you to work :gain tonight, but this investigation las just been closed and the reports ave to go out at once. We haven't :bo much time before the issue date, ou know." Foster spoke hurriedly and with- oit looking at her, while he sorted papers into order on the vast, satin- ubbed surface of his desk. He was man post middle age whose repu- p.tion in "the street" was inimit- ble. His life had been his work, auc iltho he had his clubs and socia' ontacts, he couldn't be away from lusiness for long. Vacations, to him ;vere a" confession of laziness. His ^ lers'onality and character had been formed and molded by his business " :6 was a' good sport, a shrewd an- fost and a dynamic worker. He ^fjji for, by and with his work. jt,~;he was an idealist at heart (Uspected this. Perhaps no on 1 Junior Class at Kanawha Will Present Three Plays Short Productions Directed by Mary Wheat Will Be Given Two Nights. KANAWHA, April 7--The Ku.- nawha junior class plays will be jjiven at the Star theater Thursday and Friday nights. The juniors picked three one act plays in place of the usual one three act play The three plays are "Weak Spot"" 'Flattering Word" and "Dear Departed. The coach is Miss Mary Wheat, high school English teacher. The characters for "Weak Spot" are .Alice Thompson, Herbert Wicks and Mildred Judd. The characters for "Flattering Word" are Oren Tegland, Margaret Smith, Audrey Saunders and Louise May. The characters for "Dear Departed' 1 are Ethelyn Holm, Emil Eliason, James Basler, Lavonne Johnson, Biiryl Thorson and- FloyJ Jurgens. fore she left, and that every detail would be complete, as per orders. Mary was no longer conscious of the ache between her shoulders; it was so intense by this time that she felt numb with it. Her eyes burned and the muscles in her arms were strained so with holding: them at right angles that it hurt to straighten them out. She rode down in an empty elevator and, said a cheery goodnight to the night operator. The outer revolving doors seemed to weigh a ton. The rush · of cold, foggy air welcomed her into the weird solitude of deserted Wall Street, at night. And then she saw Dick--waiting across the street in his'coupe. (TO BE CONTINUED) 4 County Association Organized. AMES, April 7--With the organization of the second four county soil improvement association In Iowa, announced by the extension service here Monday, Iowa has taken another step toward the rebuilding and maintenance of its soila. The new association has been formed in Wayne, Decatur, Marion and Lucas counties. Mary was loyal, to everyone, and particularly to her employer. Her life, and that of her family, depended upon her job, and she never proposed to do anything: half way. Altho she had so much to do that she would have-, to work late, she crossed over to the window and slumped listlessly against the casement. What would five minutes, ten --a whole hour--matter now? Eight, nine, .ten o'clock, were all the same to her now., With unseeing eyes, she gazed far out from the wide sky-scraper -window, across the peaks and plateaus and waterways of the city--peaks and plateaus of concrete and steel that made a panorama like a relief map from this distant height. Far below lay the gray Hudson, flowing with commerce; endless traffic of ferries, steamships, barges, yachts and battleships, plying up and down, hither and yon, each freighted with adventure and romance as well as its cargo. For some five minutes Mary stood at the window; listless, inert, weary, wondering what it was all about. Wasn't there, somewhere, happiness for her? Hadn't she carried her burden long enough to deserve even a little reprieve? Always, she seemed to be carrying so much for others. At 18, she had had to give up college--glorious dream! She had planned to work every cent of her way, because her father couldn't have helped her. His wage, as a girder rider, had been generous, but uncertain. Then there was Bonnie, 16 when it happened; and the twin boys, only 6, who had been the calamity of the family ever since their dual arrival. Even now, it would be easier without Tim and Ted, Mary thot ruefully, tho she adored tl-em and would..clo anything in, the Y MILDRED JUD53 Buy Your ATWATER KENT From MASON CITY HARDWARE CO. Don McPcalc 37 E. Statn Delivers Any Atwater Kent RADIO No Interest--* No Carrying Charges SELECT YOUR ATWATER KENT TODAY Mier Wolf Sons LAVONNE JOHNSON ^ui.'iiidifferai '^lonal,' orface to the emo- simple, home-loving man. , ; 1-Vway ' back in bis consciousness, "' .fvfflthere had always been an obscure ' ; fSivision of domestic comfort, human '·f'rj^sympathy and mutual understand' ' · idling. But ..e had never found time Atp bring that vision to the fore and |'make : It a reality. ·" So here he was, at 50, with an expedient secretary bis nearest ap- Tproach to human sympathy and un- Jderstandlng, and the forming of a vjnew financial syndicate the para- Amount issue of Ills life at the mo- ;/ment. ,| As he reached over .to take the -·| ready pen from its bronze base I where two ornamental pheasants .; ! strutted haughtily in opposite dl.! rections, he looked up for her ac- q quiescent reply. "What's the matter, j Miss Vaughn?" \ "Oh--why, nothing. Of course, I '·? can stay, Mr. Foster." S "Fine. It surely won't be later I than eight o'clock," he promised her . with sudden bright optimism. | Mary went out and closed the .'/ door quietly. But the world crashed : ~t about her, deafeningly. What a 3 break! The first real date of her life ·S --at least the most Important in her I life--and she had to work! But ·»--*rr *'~^- , , i , _ ^family -had been prospering with the age of skyscrapers that sprang up like beanstalks everywhere in the cities, of the east. Then, one day Tim Vaughn had been brot home on a stretcher, a shapeless form. Mary had had to take a hasty business course while Jenny Vaughn supplemented the income from the insurance by talcing in sewing. They had managed to finish paying off the house Tim had started to buy, and the rent from the other half of it covered the ex- penae for the whole, and gave them a home in which to live. Mary had to supply" the rest. Bonnie never could be depended upon. Tho she was only-two years younger than Mary, she had been the baby of the family for 10 years before the calamity twins had arrived on the scene; and Mary could not for a moment remember a time she had not had to give the largest apple and the best of everything to Bonnie. Bonnie had been not only the baby, but the beauty. From the time she had been old enough to sit in a high chair in all her dainty, curly- gold loveliness and laugh with .her big blue eyes and clap her dimpled hands, the family had bowed its knee to Bonnie. Her name hadn't been Bonnie, then, it had been plain Jane; for Mrs. Vaughn liked plain, sensible names. But some Scotch neighbor had called her a, nonnie iss, even when she was a wee hild, and Bonnie had forthwith dopted the word as a name. She iked it--and Bonnie she grew to be. Bonnie, too, had tEUten a commercial course, but she never had Become acclimated to anything so ruel and stupid as work. There was omething the matter with, every josition she had, and she never last- d long anywhere. About the time he had earned enough for a new vardrobe, something:. went wrong. Veil, .she wasn't going to slave lor a. meager living- all her days, any- vay. Not she! 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Sold by hardware, paint and auto accessory stores. Steelcote Wholesale Distributor: X,. r. Courshon Co., Mason City, Ph. 7 and as-'ifor commuting-- well, that vas absolutely out of the picture or anyone so delicate es Bonnie! Such was the family which depended upon Mary. Yet there was no rancor in Mary's leart against the world, even on this jarticular day of sudden disappointment. After all, she was lucky, she told herself. Just imagine having a position like hers at a topnotch sal- ry, and spilling gloom all over New York City just because she had to break a date! Jhe shook herself resolutely and .urned to the telephone. If Dick Baldwin never asked her for anoth- r date--what of it ? When she again icard his voice, tho, she knew "what of it." She told him how it was. "Oh, say, after all, you promised me first," he objected vigorously. "I know, Dick, and I am so sorry, really. You know I want to go, don't you? But the boss is all tangled up and I have to help straighten him out before I leave." "Well, cut the ropes and break loose. When can you leave?" "Not a minute before eight. And C couldn't make it, you see. I would iiave to go home and dress. Get someone else, Dick." "There is no one else," gloomily. "Well, I can't say any more than that I'm sorry, Dick." "All right, I'll be seein' you-later." Mary hoped with all her heart, as she put down the telephone, that he meant those last words, that he would call her again soon. But she feared that he wouldn't. The hours dragged on interminably after Mary had returned from a hasty lunch at 5:30. Foster dictated for an hour and then left her to clear tip the wreckage. The gigantic pyramid of offices was almost silent and the slightest sounds echoed errily. The tumult of thudding and tapping feet; the click and clang of doors and desk drawers; the gasping of elevators stopping and starting with a low rumbling of gliding doors, like great dragons, breathing and grumbling and swallowing people by the mouthfuls, only to spew them out again for more; the shouts and laughter of repartee and farewell--all of that magic, fatiguing, exhilarating hour of 5 p. m.--had left a vast silence in its wake in that towering bundle of space. Outside the window, bold, curious searchlights on other towering pyramids of stone were flirting with their neighbors; caressing, embracing each others' gleaming shoulders like a throng of pleasuring people. Electric sipfns of brilliant hues blinked and faded like precious jewels on their breasts and were reflected in the deep black waters of the river as in a mirrored wall. Fascinating, always intriguing, this turbulent city of complex lifo. Mary loved it as she loved life.--all the world. 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