The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 26, 1951 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, December 26, 1951
Page 7
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WMMfffltDAT, DECEMBER BLTTHEVTIXE (ARK.) COtTRIEH OUR BOARDING HOUSE with Major HoopU OUT OUR WAY By J. R. WHttomi EUREKA., 3A60TO? 1 LAST MIGHT THAT T CHASED A KOR56 OUT OF H6 STABLE AMD AT6 ALL HIS OATS "~ AND IT IS-—A ^TeeD CALL6D FRECKLIS AND HIS PRIEHOI 1 GOT 'WO OJES. MISTAH TM' LAS' rlOSS DU£AMED UP ROMS BELLS oa v we TO EM3OV FO TRUST HE DOr^T COME OH. WE TO M1SS SO MUCH Of THIS '.' HA-HA.™ see en.' DOPE GEABBlW AIR-HE ALMOST WENT DOvVN ' DIVIDENDS HA1E: BEEN WILL you M6 IM A ?/,*B<S> BUT w THATS JUST rr. 1 NOSWSC 7 WASTING IM WALL street^ FOR SALE Benefit by Reading and Using Courier Newi Classified Ads Cemcrtle culverts, 12 inch to Inch, plain or reenforced. Also Concrete Building fllocki cheaper th»n lumber for barns, chicken houses, pump houses, tenant honsei, tool sheds. We delirer. Call BI tor tree estimate. OSCEOLA TILE & CULVERT CO. Phone 601 CONCRETE CULVERT TILE Sixes Hp to 36 In, Corrugated Melal Culvert* Slzei >p to 84 In. A. H. WEBB Automatic Flood Gain Concrete i Mttal Septic Tznki Sewer Tile Best Price. We "Deliver T «1 ,t SUU Lin* Phone 714 "1 h«tp«<) our n«w cook t«t th« Ub!« last night—and now • •he Ml* nv* I'd save »tep» for my*«lf by Bating | n th* < kitchen!" I An improved aluminum wire for carrying electric currents contains a small amount of boron to give it a better cocmbination of strength and electrical conductivity than Is available In other aluminum wire. By Nina Wilcox Putnam If51 .fcy.NIA Smict, Uc T»HE smaJI white radio with A the coral knobs sputtered a Kttl« over the annonnce- rneitt that Tire Mnnunoth (.'Old-buying .Company, the oldest establishment of its Kind in New York City, w »« responsible for her favorite program and Alma Conroy improTised words to the classical recording which followed. "Pertwrw t« n I j{ h t erery- thing will be all right," she sang, rrying to believe that |iie hone wcmld materialize. ^lt ws« part erf « routine. Every evening Alma forced herself to this enme optimistic mrte before Tommy, her husband, csme horn*. And o«ssiom>lry Tommy came home sober and cheerful. At other times—weM, he did no* mean to <io wrorigl A wave of unreasoning love and sympathy for him swept over her, so acute that it was like a spasm of pain, and unconsciously she tossed back her mop of copper- colored hair fn a deliant gesture. Let the world think what it would of Tommy, she knew better. Way down deep In him was an essential goodness and some dny something would bring it to the surface and make him the man he should be: make him a success instead of an underpaid drudge. II had to be, dear God, H had to come true, this dream of hers! Yes, In spite of what had happened that afternoon—and the fact that she would have to break the bad /oews to him. <SShe opened th* box at flowers she had bought on her way home from work and the strong clear* perfume of fresices began to compete with, the savory odors which poured (rom the tiny kitchenette. Alma put the blossoms In a bowl and set it on the card table which was already laid for dinner, and then sol the chic, modernistic room to rights. It was always a nervous relier to use her hands—those well-shaped skillful hands which all day long manipulated gold or platinum and precious stones, welding them Into the impeccable sort of designs which during better than a hundred years had made Trumbull & Company America's symbol (or fine jewelry. Alma Conroy was the only woman Journeyman- Jeweler at The Mouse, as its em- ployes reverently called It and she was proud of this distinction. The work was absorbing, the endlew cascade of jewels passing through her hands lent an unfailing magic to her day's work. And tnetl when the day's work was done there was this—the dread *«t Tommy would again fail herl rpHE Drilling o< the telephone •*• »ad> h«r Jump with alarm. That would be Tommy, urging her to at»ndon the meal she had prepared and join him at some bar where h« would be buying the drinks for > crowd of worthless people—building up his ego by throwing away any money he happened to have on him, holding the center of the stage he did not seem able to occupy in any other manner. Well, this time she would refuse to go. She could not sit there and suffer the sight of her man cheapening himself—not again—never again even though It mean! the firsi voluntary separation during the five years of their marriage Her hand trembled as she nlckeci up the receiver, but it was not Tommy. "Alma, my dear," Joe Demon's rich voice was like balm to her taut nerves. "T IUFI wanted to be sure you were all right." There are ten species of skunk In the Americas. Dear Joe, Xhaa thought, dear good Joe, be cant keep hw krv« for me otrt at h« voice, no matter how scrupulously h* tries to hid« it for Tommy's sake* Aloud she spoke cheerfully: "I'm the same healthy red-head you said 1>ye now" to »t The House! Anything mak* you think differently?" She eould feel his hesitation. "Is Tommy home yet?" h* ftn»J- ly said. Intuitively Alma knew this was a warning. "No. Where did jo* Me htaiT" she asked quickly. "At the nine Cat Bar. He wu drinking with Bright Muncie." This was news. Alma had nev*r had any particular liking for the colorful but worthless only Joe of the dignified president of Trumbull's—th« fruit of » late second marriage. That the young man was employed by The House at all was a matter of store gossip, and she was not aware that Tommy knew Brighton Muncie except by sight. It was certainly surprising that the two should be together. "I suppose you'll say it's « case ol birds of a feather," she tried lo make her voice light. "No," said Joe gravely. "TVs just that—well, you know Tommy cnr. be a handful when he's been drinking. And I can generally calm him down. If you should need me, 111 be home all evening." • • » ALMA thanked him and hung up. reeling weak and shaken. It was awful, the way peopte fell about Tommy, even Joe Denton. his best friend. If Joe had fallen in love with her, at least he had never said so and had tried to hide it. even from himselt. Joe was loyal to Tommy. They had gone to school together, worked In the same places But (n her heart Alma knew that by now Joe had come almost to (he end of his patience, seeing what a drag upon her Tommy had become. "Apparently everybody except Tommy and myself thinks I ought to leave him!" she said aloud. "I krlow | ought to leave htm. That mikes sense. But I happen to love him—and love seldom makes sense. I guess!" She went back and forth from the kitchenette, wondering how much longer she could endure the strain of her domestic lile. Well thank goodness, there was always her work—an escape Into beauty and luxury. On top of the evening paper lay a design for « pair ot diamond flips; one of those Incredibly accurate pen-and-ink drawings which the designing department handed out. It required 80 stones—baguettes, rounds and emerald-cut squares, the renter stones to be raised in the wocld-lamooi Trura- pnng.. Studying the dnw- ing A>m» forgot everything else She bad brought K borne to ov<- line a set-up for her own guidance, and the pi«*s would take plenty of time k> make—dared she promise them in two weeks? There wa* a sound at the door and she dropped th« drawing her heart resuming itj anxiou* to- qijiry. Then Tommy Conroy came into th« room, his thin darkly handsome face flushed, his manner carefully sober. He waj not in bad shape she noted with quick relief, but there was a curious defiant brightness In hla eyes. He flung a large package onto the sofa and his soft black hat on top of it. "Hello, Jewels!" he said. Then h« strode ov«- and snapped oR the radio. "How you can stand th»t stuff!" he said contemptuously. "It's one of the best on the air!" "I'm sick of gold-buying—or selling! I get enough of that without having to take it on the air!" "1 thought you were not interested in Trumbull's." she said. "Not in being a sort ot super stock boy in the china department." Alma bit her lip. Now she'd have to tell him. • » • "I'M afraid 1 have bad news," she said. "I talked to Mr. Greigol the art department today. I'm afraid they want a photographer more along Mr. Dell's lines!" "That doddering old fool—isn't he going to retire after all?" "Alvin Dell has been good enough to make the commercial photographs at The House for 40 yean!" she said reprovingly. "Yes, while I wouldn't be at The House at all If U hadn't been for your Influence and your doddering grandfather's!" She could feel her face growing crimson. "Don't you speak of Papa Victor likt that!" she flared. Tommy had the grace to look asharqed. "Sorry!" he mumbled ungraciously. '1 know Victor is the Mr. Chips at the jewelry world and that he's been at Trumbull's for 60 years and all that But listen! Everybody else at Tnimbull's may think that just being there is reward enough for their services, but I don't! And now, what about Dell? Is he going or isn't he?" "Yes, he's retiring," she said "and I told Mr. Greig that you were the logical man for the job— ( showed him your photographs and he had to admit they were wonderful, but . .." "But what?" "1 guess mayb« for emce the truth won't hurt you." she was watching him with pain In her eyes. "He said you weren't Vhe caliber for a position of such responsibility." 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