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The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 13

Mason City, Iowa
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Saturday, April 1, 1939
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ROOM AND BOARD By GENE AHERN MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE I SAY, SKOTP. /At COOO fAfiJJ fe. VT £W*e* TO UE ABOUT VOOP. s L . . tT V.TCLI. VB.CKT1ON CUJB, $20 FOR TM3 V.tE SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 1939 CONVICtp MGHTER By RUTH RAY KANE If Will Pay You to Use the G-G Classified Ads S CHAPTER FORTY-ONE Jim was out of bed and dressed for the first time since the accident when Lona came to take him from the hospital to the train that was to carry them away from Brighton. His face was alight and he turned o to her exultantly as sho entered K his room. "I'm as good as ever,'' [ lie bragged. "You can't keep a | good man down." He laughed, his! old laugh, and then in the next! breath asked eagerly, "Did you' sec Clark? How are things going down at the bridge?" Loha's spirits -sank. "Jim, don't you think we'd better go straight to the station?" .she began. "It's so--dangerous--" His arms about her silenced her protests. "Come on, girl, don't lose [ j y o u r nerve," he urged. "Why, there's nothing going to happen. I want to see this test, 1--1 feel as if I've got to see it! Clark's been pretty good, you know. We can't let him down." "I suppose not," she agreed, re- lucUintly. 'But, oh Jim! I feel.' :omehow, as if something is going A Little Saturday Talk. Last Saturday we were speaking of the question, "Is the world getting better or worse?".! mentioned .the horrible punishments which were given during the middle ages for such a small misdeed as shooting an animal in a noble's forest. There was warfare in the middle ages, a great deal of it. Wars took place not only between countries, but also between one noble and another in the same country. The nobles ordered their knights and men-at-arms to attack strong- walled castles. I£ a castle or city was captured, the people inside the walls quite often were "put to the sword." In modern times, warfare , more deadly than in the past. Cannon, machine guns and bombs take the lives of far more people than the olden spears and swords, darts and arrows. When we think of war, we may feel that the world is getting worse. If the human race is to live at its best, we must find a way to meet this problem. What we. need is a world where there is peace and justice for all, with freedom of thought and freedom o£ speech. In regard to disease, think of how much better off we are than | people o£ the past! In the middle ages, Europe was visited by a disease known as the black death. It took the lives o£ from one- third to one-half of those who lived in England, Fiance and certain other countries o£ Europe. Modern methods of fighting disease save us from the danger of so much damage from such a plague. To a large ex-tent we have conquered such diseases as tuberculosis, diphtheria, typhoid fever, yellow fever and smallpox. People still fall victims to such illnesses, but not nearly so many a? in the past. People of today have better homes than those of the past -more bathrooms, better beds and better ways ot heating. Most housewives of today do not stocp over the old-time washboard, or labor with the sadiron. Electric ligths, vacuum cleaners and washing machines, are a few of the tilings which make it easier ami more pleasant to live today. We have better means of transport than in the past. Automobiles, railway trains, steamships and airplanes give us quicker passage from one place to another. AH in all, except for the war system, I think we are living in a better world. Perhaps it will not be so long before we are able to end war between nations. ( C o p y r i g h t 13M. mblishcrs S y n d i c a t e ) Join the new 1939 Uncle Ray Scraubook Club! To Uncle Kay, Care of Mason City Globc-Gazeif c, Mason City, Iowa, Dear "Uncle Ray: I waul to join the 1939 Uncle Kay Scrapbook Club, and I inclose a stamped envelope carefully addressed to myself. 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She comforted herself with that thought all through the ride down town. In anolher hour. Their driver was a burly construction worker from the bridge, one of Jim's buddies. He was frankly glad to see Jim on his feet again, and was full of excitement over the test being conducted by Clark Martin. 'It takes guls f do what ne's doin'! When you remember what happened f that guy out in Colorado--Wetmore, wasn't it?" His enthusiasm was boisterous and Lona caught herself wondering what he would say if he knew the truth about Jim. Go open-mouthed and pop-eyed, probably. The picture suggested to her mind was so funny that she laughed suddenly, |i strained, unamiised laugh, making Jim look at her with a worried look in his eyes. The driver insisted upon threading his way through the gathered crowd up almost to the water itself. Despite her protests about Jim's health, he only laughed and edged the car up into the very shadow of the bridge. Lona shuddered as she recalled the one time she had seen the towering filigreed arch stretching in troubled majesty almost across the oily river. It had grown since that "terrible day when she watched Jim's dark figure plunge, toy-like, into the swirling waters below. In the two weeks he had been in the hospital, another span had been added, a graceful arch, shining like silve in the slanting afteroon sun. Upon the lop of that new arch, a group of tiny figures perched no\v. Squinting against the dazzling light she made out Clark Martin's sturdy lines, poised against the sky, confident and waiting. Below, there was a bustle of preparation. Shining tendrils, like the web of a giant spider, were stretched across the water. They were undulating slowly as men still worked about the guy posts, experimenting with the tension A curious crowd, attracted by the daring of the thing, milled about, faces upturned to the sun. The air was full of many voices:, excited comment.; and guesses on the hazards of the test I they were about to witness. From the flank of a convenient toolshed Lona caught the flash of cameras I in the sun, and knew there was a i battery of reporters present. Her ! heart sank at the knowledge and i she turned to Jim. He was watching the ground preparations with a frown deepening the lines between his eyes. "Not enough slack." she heard him murmur to himself. Surely Clark gave orders . . ." He leaned forward in Ms seat, uneasily. "Why don't they allow more slack?" he demanded of the driver who still was in the car with them. "Can't they see? It's dangerous:'' The fellow stared at him and shrugged. "I riunno." he speculated. "Seems like Clark oughlii know what he's doiiv. It's his show. Why don't you tell 'em?" His tone was sarcastic. "Clark must have seen--there's a man coming down on the "lift f now. Got orders, probably, I i thought Clark wouldn't pull a dud like that." He settled back in his seat again as a figure ciad in work clothes .swung off the lift and hurried importantly toward the guy post nearest their car. Followed a huddled conference and .signals across to the men stationed on the other side. A swift silence had gripped the crowd by this time. ;mi Lona felt her own fists tightening and her nerves tensing. For a moment she 1 Almost forgot the urgency of thcir own plight as she looked up at Clark Martin, standing small and straight, poised, waiting for the! signal that would send him plung- ! " ! ing downward--lo what? Would [ | t h a t shining, fragile-looking web i -i hold? Would it check that plum- j met-like fall? . ; | A strangled ejaculation from Jim cut suddenly into her thought*. He had s t i f f e n e d to attention again, his eyes on the men at the guy posts. A look of dismay drew his eyes into troubled slits. "They're tightening"' he ground out. "What the hell! They're tightening! He'll break his neck: DO 1 HAVE TO TEL NEVER THROW NO.r,,^ OFF A BOAT TO WINDED? *-JTU. ALL BUOVV ON VA,STU I've eeeu TURMINT.-US overa IM MY - ._ BSEVJ ·^IfSCTCVAH-SO VOO Mgw: YOoNlE ,,,, SKULWhiS ACSOOIOD LONG EMOOGl-l MonHOOT COM "x'vET" 1 JUST A MINUTE HE BRACELETS.'; -JUST WHAT THE WELL-CKZESSED CJ203K IS V GOT ME- I'M A ^ STRANGER HERE MYSELF WHERE ARE WE? NOW I KNOW/ THIS \S MORUN'S DEN/ I WONDER WHERE I DOHT UKETHIS PLACE/ I'LL HAVE TO GOTO A LUBR170RIUM/S KALLA/M GOING TO RISK LEAVING f^I O K . -THE CLOUD BANK NOW r-^^K RRirx KEEP STRAIGHT OH, PILOT--I DON'T THINK BRICK KNOWS WE'RE CHASING HIM -. ,'.IT'5 SETTING Pi-ENTY DARK BUT WE K ^- WOH'T KNOW, KAUA.TILL MORNING WHETHER V / ""'~ SHAKEN THEM ' · THINK IT OVER, SLIM.THEY'5 ONE WAY TO MAKESURr OFYEROWN LIFEAN'THATS TUH HELP PUT THOSE CROOKS IN JAIL WHERE THEY CAN'T GIT YOU. SHERIFF,I'M GQINTUH TALK AH' I'M SAY1N 1 PLENTY. NOW YER G1TT1N' SOMESENSE. 1 THAT'S BUTCM'S GANG BEHIND US.THORNDYKE THEY'VE S£EN US: LETTHEM CATCH Hl-YO.~SlL.VER, /J SISOJIT AND PALLS TO THE FLOOR. OFTtf£~ ·OFFICE. THIS AKOUSES THE UNCLE PHIL \6 ~ TO KEEP U APAET, .... HE 5AV6 I'/M MOT YOug PADDY TELL U|,M ' V.W-WMY, UNCLE PWlL -i/vi .S'PRISEP AT YOU. 1 OF coupes -rviie, is, I KNEW IT THE /.ICMIENT I SAW HIM i PAT, YOU'VE /MADE A MISTAKE;- ON'T EXPLAIN JU6T V6T -- I MU6T HAVE P05iTl\JE PjcOOP.' I DON'T KNOW JLVrrr \MO YOU AKt-- VET-- BUT IF YOU THINK iVtl $IGN|N6 KID OVER TO ^(OU VJITHOUT A FIGHT, N'ou'KE CEA^-V .' LEciAL PROCE£[)|rl65 TWO v --1 ABOUT? -5032CHV CLAMBERS POWN FROM THE CATAPULT PLANE - g? THIS K CUE WAV TO KEEP LIVING -TO A KSPS. OLD GOlNS Our -TO DO BATTLE WITH NINE" AKM£C I OFTJ WONPSJEP HOW -TKe: ROVER BOV5 FELT- NOW I KNOW-/ THIS FEELS UKEAGHOSTSHIP- cvwr MAKE oar ANYTHING IN THIS FOG- CANT HEAR A ..,, OH OH' There's too much tension already --the fools!" His h a n d caught suddenly at the car door, and he flung it open. at Lona, and .scc7 Tliorc' That fool's more tension. Clark'll break liis ! neck, 1 Icil you: I've sot to slop - them--" \ "But Jim. please: Thin!; what it mean?: You'll be recognized--" "You don't ivant to sec Clark hilled, do you'.' Look'. They're almost ready--I've got to g'o over The workmen whirled «n him. open mouthed. "You've got to Ii;ne more slack." he ordered, and there was a commanding note In his voice which Lona never had heard there before. "Play her out before you give that signal. You don't want I've seen this thing worked before and I Know w h a t I'm saying. Don't give t h a t signal:'' "I suppose Clark don't know what he's doin'. ch? He sent me down here w i t h orders for more tension j u s t so he could break his neck, eh? Listen, scram will you? i We gotta get on with this test." slretdied to make a clear .spate. He pretended to ignore Jim's now frantic explanations, and Lona saw a desperate look tome i n t o Jim's pale face. ''.lim'' siie tried *o remr.n.-tralc, but lie paid her no attention. Above them. Clark's figure wa.s roll of the drums that \vas to accompany his jump. A dead silence has settled over t h e crowd, and Lona pictured, suddenly, tiie gra.-p of horror that would go up when he hit the over- tensed web stretched out so innocently over the water. The hand - - · - . - . , ^..... . , . . MJf^Lllt, 1, cl.l J l i l f ^ ^ t l L I J ' U * * - l U l C . \ % t t l t i . - l i l t ? ------ ---.--., - ,,. O u i., t , UK,.-! K , % l ; u , ilt signal, xou aon t w a n t : "Vr.., ,,,, r-i^^i j j I ^--'""· '' lly an ' straight. Over un- ! of the workman who was to there, girl Let loose of me.' Hey.' : Clark to break his neck--" ' .,,«:,,,,, ^, ,,' t old ^ cd more j der the bridge had been stationed j the signal to the drummers ' Wait a minute over there. Don't. ..e... ,:. : .,-, . pension But lie knows. It must be a couple of bov dmmmn.v !,,,,· ' i,, i-i.iTM ,,n,,m^ iv,« ,..v,;i give that signal: Wait a minute: Sorry, girl . , ." to pull at his: , oug e cr.w coat with both hands to keep him 'could quite realize his intention from getting out of the car. j "Wait:" she heard him shout ^Jim. she begged. "You can't again, before he had reached the j knot of workmen about the ,-^uy ·Say. listen, wise guy." The man ] because he's up so high. It looks who had just come down from j loose to him. You've »ot to listen , ,,, , ,. , · a , c interrupted him, trucul-1 lo me: I know more about this . - - - , -- of the car and slid- i entry, "Who the hell do you think ' ing , through the cr.wd before she ' y o u are? I'm R ivm' the orders around here. . . . All et. boys? Ready--'' "Do you w a n t to murder him" 1 Tlay out. thht slack, 1 tell you: 41 - .t ~ , , , -- ,.~VL.* ..i.^ , , iu i lum^s o nnivcs. M)nn cau°ht ± 8 ni :"^ 1°^"' '^ ! h *e ' f 'hinhmB, even in that tense a couple of boy drummers, borrowed from the Brighton high school band. Clark Martin never did things by halves. Lona caught seen it worked. I tell you'. He'll bounce, and break his neck--" "Aw'right: stand back, everybody: The fellow pushed back the crowd roughly, his^ arms out- moment, lie had arranged make a spectacle of the thing. Like an e x h i b i t i o n diver w a i t i n g [or .the signal to plung headlong into the tank below, he wailed for the ... raise upward, the white flag f l u t t e r i n g in his fingers, and she heard herself screaming suddenly. A high, piercing scream t h a t shattered the silence like the crack of a sun. "Jim:" Don t let site called. him do it:'' ''Stop him: ( TO BE CONTINUED)

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