© BY MATEtL HOWE BY NEA SERVICE, INC By MATEEL HOWE FARNHAM t PlfiST heard of the Tollivers * around thirty years ago when ttubett Tolliver, the only son of t\\f how mcist famous family, shot himself. It was a base and sordid affair . ! n all conscience, as the Wretched boy had not only, forged the name of a neighboring banker, but left a note laying the blame on the banker's much younger wife, 1)»l)osc greatest offense had been to laugh at Hubert when he tried tn make love to her. 1 1 was off in boarding-school at the time and was all but driven frantic by n deluge of hurriedly wfittpn notes from my friends at home that were crammed with what seemed to me hysterics 1 al- lUsiofcj to the forgery, the suicide, ' and more particularly the funeral, one and all taking it for granted, In the exasperating way of the Plume Ask me aboul my business »8« or 47 average correspondent, that I knew all the facts. I knew nothing, kept asking myself: "Who under heaven are the Tollivers?" Otsego was and is a small town % of around ten thousand souls. 1 had believed that I knew every man, woman, child, eat, and dog in the place. It was but two months since the end of my Christ- nu><) vacation. Why was Otsego nov/ in a dither of excitement over the suicide of a young newcomer? I wrote immediately to my father and demanded to be told all. Recently, in rn old d?sk, 1 unearthed my father's long, rambling reply. He told me that he had first heard of the Tollivers one winter afternoon when Mr. Lal'e Ingivm, our leading grocer, cnme to his office to ask if Father knew of an opening for a young nephew of his with large ideas. Father and Mr, Ingram had been boys together. Mi-. Ingram explained thai his half sister, u Mrs. Tolliver, her •three daughters, nnd oni son hnri rc.t'cndy been left homeless and practically penniless by the death of Mr. Iii-Tram's stepfather, a Congregational minister of a small parish in New Jersey. There was, !t came out, a Mr. Tolliver, bul i!ie less said of him the belter. At present his whereabouts were •mknown. For mbny years Mrs. fnlliver and her family had lived with hor father. .».„,. BACK AGAIN •M THE SUPERB .1 •. QUALITY YOU \ft E M E M B E R DALLAS ANP SOUTH TEXAS 5 FLITES DAILY VIA BRANIFF Departures from Amarlllo: 5:25 AM, 11)35 AM, 1i50 PM, 8:15 PM, 8:50 PM Non-stop to Denver 3:35 am. Other northbound flitei-at 7:50 pm and 12:15 pm. Eastbound at 5:30 am and 1:20 pm to Memphis via Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Muskogee, Ft. Smith and Little Rock. Phone Amarillo 2-4343 Bule BuiWing * Air Pdtfftngers • Air Mail Air Freight • Air Express MAKE IT OVER ,, /from front to rear in our modern body shop. Point jobs, seat covers, tailor made in new plastic materials. Metal work and point. , , , windshield visors pointed to your cor—awnings in many colors, the new UNDERSEAL coat far maximum protection to chassis parts and fenders. LEWIS MOTORS Not knowing tohat- else to do -Mr. Ingram,> who WIM childless, had sent for his half-sister and her brood. They were to stay with him and his wife until a new life could be worked oiit. * * * JfATHER was the soul of good nature and that very evening got In touch with Mr. George Merriweather in Candor and persuaded him to take the Tolliver boy on in his banK. He heard no more of the Tollivers until Mr. Merriweather telephoned him about six weeks later that Hubert Tolliver hat blown his brains out, after it hac been discovered that he had cashed a forged check on the bank Father took the first train to Candor and there learned about the letter implicating nice little Mrs. Merriweather, which hac been left open on a dresser in the house where Hubert Tollivei roomed and was read by his landlady, a great gossip. The Merri- wealhers were very decent abou It, all things considered, but naturally Father had a harrowinji and distressing day. He misse< his train and did not get haine until nine that evening. H did not add to his good humor to find Leah, out- colored maid, out and the house dark. Just as he was fitting his l:ey into the lock Father heard a strained little voice, not a foot away, say: "Judge Olmsteart, coukl I see you for just a few minutes? It's terribly important. I've be< wailing since seven o'clock." It was a feminine voice, an father guessed right off that his unwelcome caller was ono of (lit.- To.'liver women, probably, the oldest daughter Amy, since it was a young voice. His guess was right. Father said he would fai rather have faced a ravening tiger. He did his best to get rid of the girl. He told her that he was dead tired, and that he had just come from the Mern'weathers, that he would- see her another time. Amy only stood there in the dark, repealing in her timid little way that she had to see him, that it was terribly important. Finally she wore Father down, and he opened the door and told he.- gruffly to come .'n. When he got the light on, Falhei saw that Amy was on the verge of collapse. He took her into th library and lighted the fire, aut then went into the pantry am mixed two stiff hot toddies. Am: could be prevailed upon to take only a few sips of her hot whisky; so Father drank them both. In a short time, he was consid erably mellowed. A MY TOLLTVKR at the time wa twenty-four or rfive. She wa not exactly pretty, but she hai enormous blue eyes with lon&. lashes and a trim, neat little figure. I never really liked her. In fact at times I disliked her actively. But even I had to acknowledge the charm ofTfcfBeft, ca"ressun voice. I She told. Father she hnd come to esk him to intercede with the Reverend Willis, our Congregational minister. The Reverend, it came out, was insistent that Brother Hubert should be buried quietly from the Fable funeral chapel, and I/'rs. Tolliver wanted him buried from the church. Father hinted that under the circumstances — distressing circumstances — perhaps Mr. Willis was right. Father said that Amy shrank away from him as if he had struck her. She cried out that that would look as if they were ashamed of Hubert. The town would think, the world would think, that his mother and his sisters did not love him, honor him. Father could no more oppose her than he could have tramped down a little chipmunk fighting .for her young. He agreed huskily that it was no more than just and fitting that poor Hubert should be buried >from the church with an organ requiem, the full choir and all the pomp and circumstance the Congregational faith accords. Amy cried softly* for A few minutes. She got out brokenly that Father had eased her hurt immeasurably. It would mean so much to her mothe». She needed words of fire to thank him properly. i Father was somewhat puzzled. ,In spite of his weaker momenta he was no fool, and he had long since realized that, as he put it, Miss Amy alone and unaided could have hog-tied and thrown the Reverend Willis with one hand and extracted from him his finest funeral without even getting in a sweat. It wasn't until he started to help Amy on with her coat the real reason for her visit at last began to come out. - (To Be Continued) A system of education centrally controlled might be prostituted to propagandist^ purposes of a political party in control of the government, -Dr. John W. Studebaker, U, S, Commissioner of Education. See "Kirk" Kirkpalrick FOR All of your auto worries, We have factory trained m«>phanic8 to service your c»r. Pampa NfeWt, Hiursiclfty, May ,29, '1847 PAGE* , UaHTTHBWAY THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY MttiratH, A larcje (ocycrt cf choc&icfo j'iJh 7-mii;. divinity icing. i It?'? 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