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Texas' Mtist Consistent Newspapet iWif&ir>>e*eeptSiitn«!ii? by Tf,* Pwnpft Ne«m, 822 W. Foster Aw., P«»P*< «^&. PRbftt 856-All department*. MEMBER OP THE ASSOCIATED .PRESS (Pull Bitted Wlr«.) tfh« Aftoclnttd Press !« exclusively entitled to the use for publication »t*Ui«e#»e-«iat>»tehei credited to 11 or other w!«e credited to this paper and also the f&ttlar news published herein. Entered n» Second class matter at the posb office at Pftrrtpi, Totai, under the act of March 8rd, 1879. _ SUBSCRIPTION RATES . S¥- (SARfttEtt tn Pampft 2Bc per week. $1.00 per month. Paid 1n advance, $».00 f«r 8 months. $6.00 per six months. $12.00 per year. Price per single copy 6 cenfc. Ho mall orders accepted In localities served by carrier delivery. WHY, THIY ARE OUR BOYS Doughnuts will get you dollars that before very long you Willbe hearing a lot about a crime wave created by servicemen who have lost their respect for law and order. .:„, Already the news columns are peppered with items ab6uf crimes of violence committed by ex-servicemen— armed holdups and even an occasional homicide of greed or, maybe, of passion. Lumped together statistically, these will confirm the worst- fears of those who have been saying that you can't take 11 million young men in. their impressionable years, inspire and teach them to kill, without destroying their moral fiber. In anticipation of this imminent furor, we want to go on record: in denunciation of these statistics we have not seen, and in defense of the veterans both as a'group and, for the most part, as individuals. The veterans are not so many statistical fictions, so many impersonal strangers. They are our sons, our brothers, our husbands, bur nephews, the boys next door, the men who left desks in our offices or machines in our shops. They're just as bad and just as good as our relatives, our neighbors, our fellow-workers, because that is what they are. Has your son, your brother, your husband lost al! moral perspective and become a potential criminal? Has the boy next; door, who used to roll hoops with your children, become an unabashed killer? Why, then, suppose that the veteran, as a class, has done so? : ,,Ypu cannot take 11 million young men by lot without getying a few score thousands or actual or potential criminals. The's'e. would have been stealing, robbing, gypping, killing if they never had been in uniform. Some of them are now. , . , Add up the crimes committed by ex-servicemen and they will.make,the disturbing statistics that will be tossed at youU-\ But contrast them with the total of all crime, and we mink" you will find that the veteran will be doing less than h'is share. For every youngster who has been brutalized by war service, we think that you will find another who has been reclaimed by military discipline and by association with moral and ethical superiors. For some time to come the veterans will be going through a difficult period of psychological and economic re- conversion, perhaps. But it is not going to be one of moral reconversion. These boys aren't tramps, or brutes. Why, they are our boys. Common Ground By R. C. HOILES The Real Test Of Whom To Believe About all there is in success is knowing what person to believe; knowing .whether to believe your own judgment or someone else's. We cannot specialize in a great many things.. For this reason, we are pbliged to take the judgment of - someone else. If, a man learns how to tt|st the wisdom or the practicability of what other people are advocating or proposing, he will be well on 'the,, ywCy-'tp success and usefulness. .--One c r :the most Important p'rob- le'nis in knowing whom to believe is aetermiriing w,hich,, ; one to believe • when, p'apple, are advocating different methods of improving the Jot pi man; different methods of reak- ihg it possible for all people to live better. The necessity of knowing whom to believe in this.matter not onjy affects the individual himself ifllt it affects all society. In fact, if men do not know whom to believe pir sccinl, and ecopomic problems, they ca'nnpt be really good patriotic .cit^en.?. If they are misguided in whom to believe, on what the, government should do and what it cannot do, and what movements men should approve and what'' movements njen should oppose, then they will do great harm to their fellowman. For this reason, they, should know how to test individual proposals. And too often the people who are proposing things that are not practical will' try tp avoid this test. They wljl. camouflage; tiiey '.will, use alibis; they will change l ft? subject; they will be- siniro^i.thft character,, or manners pj si cou*te5y or breeding of the rna"n.j.wh i p,,insists upon this test. ,> Apd jW,Jiatis this, test?: It.js simply, -tHat' .the man does not at- t£ihft,t9 ijmit.liaving. his proposals analyzed by only those people who agres',.with him,or w.hp have not stvigjeg: |£e subject or rea,d widely on-ttie" subject. If a man proposing sQpjaJuprijietices refuse.s to let everyone, question; his proposals, oo matter how obnoxious the questioner iriay ibe, then that man is npt eyep himself testing his own formulas. He can gq on indefinitely being, wrong, if h^selects his critics, if he limits those who dare question his proposals. II a man's proposals are. sound, practical antt useful, :fte. cannot, 09 embarrassed.. He will not contra.- dict himself. He m\l have an answer to every question,. If there are any questions he cannot answer, hii, whole scheme is visionary an4 ^practical. There are no missing links, no. weak points m any practical, useful plan of m- HMlMralattisis. The rules o.f Jiuman crfSn4 u °,t ftr? just as immutable, Mt'as infallible, just as eternal aFthe r\?les and Jaws that govein "-- ci»Je?tial fepdie.?. '• we will #11,51 that most all — .plQMffleflk most alj pf 3, ^e due tp, , arp Jreax,. '\ tHale sUtftpjan shortj. iatipg; poverty ques- baye helpe4 re- Nation's Press THE UOXK TO BBITAIW (The Chicago Tribune) The long negotiations over the loan to Britain have resulted, aa was expected, in giving the British lords what they came over here to get. Keynes and Halifax can expect to move up a notch in the peerage. The sum they get is $4,100,000,000. The terms call for repayment in 55 years -with interest at 2 per cent. The news was greeted in London with restrained expressions of satisfaction. The stats department is squealing with pleasure. . This must be the strangest, as It Is surely one of the biggest, international financial transactions in the record books. The American taxpayers are assuming nil the risk, but while the negotiations tvere proceeding nothing was told them to show how solvent or insolvent the prospective debtor might be and nothing was said to indicate to just what uses Britain intended to put the money once it was handed over. This would be strange in any circumstances, but is particularly so in view of the fact that the same debtor defaulted on an obligation of just about the same size after the last war. If there is any reason to think that the fate ot this loan will be different nobody concerned in the drafting of the agreement has moved to present the . facts to the taxpayers. Once again our state department has shown itself to be merely a subordinate branch of the British ' foreign office. What ore called negotiations are, in reality, merely one sided discussions, with the British certain to have their way after a decent interval spent in "examining the probem." In the end what is always achieved is a betrayal of American interests to the British. The testimony of Maj. Gen Patrick Hurley at the senate hearings tells precisely the same story. The striped pants boys in Washington undercut him in China. There were, apparently two groups of saboteurs In the department, but they could work together against him and tha Interests of America.. The followers of Moscow were solicitous to keep the Chinese Communists going because that, would serve Russia's ih> terest. The pro-British, wing Of th« state department felt the same way about it. If Chiang is obliged t(j spend most of hi? strength in the north against the Communists he will have little left with which to resist British imperial grabbing in the south. OFFICE CAT A runner ana a j-roiessor were sharing a seat- on a train. It was getting lonesome ao y ie Farmer start.•>? a, cpnyer^ation an ,d they soon became a friendly pair. Professor—Let's have a game of riddles to pass the time. If I have .a riddle, yqu can't gyess. ypu % give me one iip(lars and vice versa. Farnjer—All right, but you are better educated than I am. so dp you mind if I only give you fifty cents. Professor—OK. You go ffrst. F^rinef — Well, what a'n'ima.1 has three legs walking and two legs flj- ing?, sspr—I don't know, Heres a What's the answer? -I don't know, either. Here's fifty cents. My KAY TUCKKK INCONCLUSIVE — The unsatis- actory conduct of present-day in- estigations of great import on Captol Hill lies in the fact that the modern school of congressional leuths do not match the great sen- te detectives of an older day— 'om Walsh, Hiram W. Johnson, Thaddeus Caraway, Burton K. Wheeler, "Jim" Reed, etc. For the want of men equal to hem in ferreting the facts, the 'earl Harbor, Pauley, Allen, Var- laman, Maritime commission and 'ther worth-while inquiries have Ome to or will come to an incon- luslve climax that will please nn- 3ody. Save in a few instances, they have jenerated more heat than light. A air, nonpolitical jury would not be .ble to reach an impartial verdict n any of these important trials. tl: # ft PISHING — The prosecutors- men like Senator Homer Ferguson 3f Michigan and Senator Charles Tobey — have done a painstak- ng job in their respective cases- earl Harbor and "Ed" Pauley, the lalifornia oil man and former dem- xjratic national treasurer who has been appointed under secretary .of he navy. But somehow they have not rung he bell or hit the target. Time and again it seemed that they did not ask the key questions or drive home heir points. They have not assembled pieces of tell-tale evidence into a revealing pattern. * * * MISSING — A vital bit of missing evidence in the Pearl Harbor invcs- .igation is where Gen. George C. Marshall and Aclm. Harold R. Stark spent many hours on the evening of December 6, 1941. A navy witless testified that he delivered an ntercept to President Roosevelt on that night that the chief executive exclaimed: "This means war!" The former chief of staff and the erstwhile chief of naval operations 'could not remember" where they were on that fateful evening. Committee members cannot understand low men so placed' could not recall where they were at such a time of crisis. It is generally supposed that they were at the White House on that night until a late hour. There were other means of refreshing their memories or obtaining the facts. It would have been possible to subpoena their personal diaries or logs, to question members of their families or their chaffeurs. The late "Tom" Walsh had no squeamishness about using such methods when he dug so successfully into Teapot Dome. # * # PACKED — Of course, the Pearl Harbor inquiry cannot call the two key witnesses—the late President Roosevelt and the late 'Frank B. Knox, then secretary of the navy They knew the whole story. But even if they were still alive, it would be almost unprecedented to put them on the stand. The senatorial questioners did no bring out that the Roberts board whose methods of fact-finding left much to be desired, was packed with the army-navy men. The top military man was Lieut. Gen. Joseph T McNarney, a Stimson-Marshall pro- tege, later deputy chief of staff anc now our commander in Germany. I' s understood that he wrote the moor body of the Roberts report, whicl condemned the Hawaiian commanders rather than the civilian officials at Washington. But public hearings on Pearl Harbor have been closed. The evidence —such as it is—is sin! * * * FLAGRANT — The shortcomings n the senate naval affairs committees's investigation of Edwin P. Pau- ey's fitness to be under secretary of the navy have been, even more flagrant. x Investigator Tobey could ascertain very easily whether the nom niee collected campaign contribu tions from oil interests whose gen erosity may have been prompted by the hope that it would persuade the Roosevelt administration not t£ bring suit for federal possession o tideland oil properties. Former Secretary Harold L. Icke testified that Mr. Pauley beggec him not to take legal action be cause it would jeopardize his effort to raise funds for the Roosevelt Truman ticket in 1940. Mr. Paule denies that he ever mixed his du ties as democratic national treasur er with his role as a petroleum lob byist against a government attemp to take over the offshore oil land. SIMPLE — Prosecutor Tobey cai settle this key question by some old fashioned, reportorial digging. The subject of federal intervon tion in the petroleum controvcrs became a matter of official consicl oration and public debate as earl as 1938, although it had been raise even before that year. Between then and the date when he resigned a democratic national treasurer, Mi Pauley raised many hundreds o thousands of dollars of political cash He wiped out the party debt, ani ihe current offer of high office i his reward. It would be simpler for Senate Tobey, by examining federal an state reports on campaign expen ditures, to learn how much of th Pauley money came from oil mer interested in the tideland questions As recent hearings have shown, th oil interests have tried to hide tha they kicked in generously on sev eral occasions. But a senate com mittee has the funds, the facilitie and the authority to get the truth COUNT IS HANGED LONDON, March 4. — (TP) — Th Budapest radio said tonight tha Count Fidel Palfly, Hungarian min ister of agriculture Curing the Gei man occupation, was hanged as war criminal Saturday in Budapest. MACKENZIES AP World Traveler PARIS. March 4.—Will General- ssimo Francisco Franco .capitulate o demands for a democratic form f government in Spain or will it .ake another terrible civil war to ettle the issue? When I mncle a survey of the sit- ation in Madrid a month- ago it eelned clear that Franco recognized lis dictatorship was doomed by Al- fty EftSfttNfe JdlfN'sOft i HOLLYWOOD.—tt's "l^anly, credible," matroh-otnic film heroes vs. "still-in-diaper" graham cracker' kids"—let the bobby socks and the lorgnettes fall where they may. A group of San Francisco matrons started it. picking Charles Bickford, Walter Pldgeon, Ronald Golmnn and Spencer Tracy as the matron's answer to Van Johnson on the theory that 'older people love, .too." The matrons, organized as the Senior League, went on record as that .was ing to the capital. Obviously [eneralissimo had anticipated ed opposition and aneuvering for i graceful, face- aving exit from he rank of chief f state. I believe hat he had hopes or retaining com- nand of the Span- sh army under a estoration of the n o.n arch y, al- hough this obvi- DUsly would lay :har g e 01 Tf fihi DEWITI' MftUHZI ,o control the new government through his military strength. The signs are that the generalissimo is maneuvering for a compromise. It wouldn't take much to set the civil conflict of 1936-39 in motion again. Militarily Francois position is far more powerful than it was when he unseated the republican regime in 1939 after three years of horror an established his dictatorship. The Spanish standing army is estimated at 700,000 men and while it is equipped mainly with light arms that's a lot of strength numerically. In the vicinity of Madrid I saw many concrete redoubts which commanded the highway lead- the the contingency of further civil war. It is equally clear he has had in mind that he who controls the army controls Spain. I was in Madrid on the eve of the arrival in Portugal of Don Juan, pretender to the Spanish throne, for further discussions with Franco's representative regarding a possible restoration of the throne. These discussions had been going on quietly for a long time and I have small doubt that the generalissimo hoped an agreement would provide him with an avenue of escape from the dilemma created by the Allied insistence that his totalitarian government must go. The negotiations came a cropper —or at least that was the announcement—and it is a fair guess that the difficulty may have centered in a demand by Franco that he be allowed to retain command of the army. As for an expression of public sentiment in Spain, you could hold your ear to the ground until frostbitten without hearing very much worth while. However, there- -are two things which the people certainly desire. They want an absolutely free national election at which they may choose their own form of government, and they want to achieve that election without another civil war. That presents a delicate problem for the Allies, because, while firm hand is needed, obviously a wrong move might precipitate a tragedy. saying that Hollywood producers were nuts for "falling to provide thrills for ladies frankly over 40." Charles ("magnetic, manly*and credible") Bickford topped the poll. From now on Charley will have to get used to the title, "matron-omic." We are pinning it on him right now. BICKFORJD BACKS OFF We found Bickford playing a love scene with Joan Bennett for the movie "Desirable Woman." If the San Inincisco Senior League has its way, the film will be retitled, "Desiratle. Man." Bickford said he was flnU.ired but scared. "I've seen matrons at a bargain counter and I don't know whether I can stand the strain." Joan has just heard about the "'an Fiancisco poll. "I'm looking at Charles with new .•yes," she said. A couple of gray- haired ladies from the studio wardrobe department were looking at him, too. We expected them to swoon any minute. Bickford was apprehensive abou it all. "I've seen those bobby soxert in action," he said. "They look am giggle and ask you for your autograph. But the matrons play rough They're sophisticated. They're dan- fcy tttJGH Associate Press Staff Every trade has its own terminology, the gas industry no less ,han any other, and the outsider may sometimes, despair of understanding such phrases as "ratable ake," or "gas in solution." Yet every Texan is interested in he industry because it affects the state's economic ' picture and because the state itself has widespread gas holdings. Here are some of the most com- nonly used words and phrases, with definitions gleaned from gas men: End-use—consumer use. Purpose for which gas is employed at the nirner tip. Gas in solution—That which permeates oil iman oil well. gerous. and . . They want conversation ei' . . . er . . . well, anyway they don't want authographs." Bickford was worried about hif theme song, too. "What will i be?" " 'Silver Threads Among the Gold, or 'Mother Macree," might be ap proate," said Joan, ducking. "How about, that 'Thrills for La dies Over 40'?" said Bickford. "An you sure they didn't mean 'Chills'? 1 MOTHER-STEAUNG There was the possibility of alien ation of affections suits, too, Bid:ford figures. "Won't those babb; soxers sue me if their mother Casinghead gas with oil Gas produced • ' * •* i dahgerovfs. it Is safe* to Mifii itfcri gas in flares.) ' * Waste— Usually refers to. fl and vented gas, although lWtfti$Jlf* gue that gas in solution Has setved its purpose when it has hfel(jea to lift'" the oil from the well. Gas cap— That found abbto the oil sands in an oil well. ^ Cycling— Refers to gas wells. Returning gas to the earth after 6x* trading the gnsollne and other litj* uids. (Also sometimes called 'rp* cycling.") Rrpressuring— Refers to oil Vrells. Building up pressure in the well (to help "lift" the oil) by extracting liquids from the casinghead gas and injecting the remaining, dry gas back into the earth. Such pressure is called "bottom hole pressure^ Ratable take— Equitable diStttbti* lion of the market for gas aMohg wells in any given field so that all producers may share in supplying the demand and participate in the prof- Dry gas—Gas produced from gas wells, which yield no oil. Also, cas- inghead gas from which the liquids have been removed. Sour gas—That with a.high sulphur content, unfit for burner-tip use either in stoves or under boilers. This gas is used to make carbon black. Sweet gas—Gas without high sulphuric content. • Flare gas—Casinghead gas burned in the field. Its liquids (such as gasoline) may first be extracted. Vented gas—Waste gas that is blown into the air. (This may bo >its. Well-head pressure — prssure at the head of the well. This well must be greater than atttlos- pheric pressure if the gas is to flow from the well. Gns-nil ratio— Amount of gas m cubic feet produced per barrel of oil from an oil well. _. .. Conservation— Ernest . O. Thomp' son of Ihe Texas Railroad commission defines this term as meaning "the study and application of th&se scientific rules and practices Which enable us to obtain from a given reservoir the greatest ultimate recovery of oil and gas." start chasing me around? I can sec the fan mail now: 'You nasty man: You stole my mother.'" It was obvious that after 15 years of Hollywood stardom—from romantic hero to vlllion to matron-omic hero—Charles Bickford couldn't take it. He was scared to death of the matrons who wanted "thrills." "You're darn right I'm scared," he whistled. "How would you like to have 65 million matrons chasing you? It happened to Sinatra and the bobby soxcrs. And it might happen to me because of this thing." The director called Bickford and Joan back to the camera to resume their lovcmaking. "Come on matron-omic hero," cooed Joan, Thu two gray-haired war:drobe ladles (jiggled. Bickford blushed. We couldn't msist u part- ting crack: "Don't trip over my lorgnettes," we said. FEWER HEAD IIOB*E , WASHINGTON, March 4.— (IP)— The army demobilized 090,000 .men and women in February, the smallest number in five months. The war department noted, however, that schedules called for returning only 500,000 to civil life. * —— • METHODS OF DEVELOPMENT DALLAS, March 4.— (IP)— Methods of industrial deevlopment will,.,be outlined march 5 at a Rio Grande Valley Businessmen's meeting by John M. Guild, manager of tire lh- dustrtial research and development department of the East Texas chamber of nommo.rco. Cockroach racing was a popular sports in Paris. The insects ran in grooves on a 12-foot course made of grass. . . . . Jo Wind by Hazel Heidergott .Distributed by NEA SERVICE, INC. News Clearing House "U is lor nvti to nttct that whicl) he «inc«rely believes to be 1 true, nnd add his unit of Influence to all other units of influence, and let the results wnrk tnemselves out."—Hpencer. Con- ttibutorg are urged to coniln* th«lr articles to 800 wordi. To the Editor: Much of th,e success of the Junior Livestock Show and Sale has been attributed to the cooperation which we received from your paper. We are indeed grateful for the splendid news articles published relative to our show and sale. Also, we wish to thank you and the other buyers for the fine support you gave us by purchasing the stock. The show was indeed an inspiration for the boys to. continue the good work they are doing. Very truly yours, CJyde. Carruth Superintendent of Sale and Show. • Peter Edson's Column FISHBACK-MAN BEHIND THE COTTON PRtiBE By PETElt EPSON NEA Washington Correspondent WASINGTON, (NEA)—Alabama Sen. John H. Bankhead's investigation of the cotton plot.hing shortage is off to an uncertain start before a special senate subcommittee on agriculture, The probfl set out to inquire into reports that large quantities of cotton cloth are being diverted into export trade and relief while U. S. clothing manufacturers can't get enough textiles to keep shirts on the American people's backs. The investigation has been broadened to cover the whole cotton clothing situation, however, so anything may come out. ; On the opening day of the Bankhaad committee hearings it became evident the senators might mhvd, have othe things in siuch, as a back-door method of removing all cotton industry price controls. This suspicion was heightened when if was observed that, sitting at Chairman Bankhead's right elbow, prompting him, on various questions and coaching a wit- nesa now and then ,was a handsome 1 stranger. He was a bla/3k-h,airecl young gent with a mustache and he was dressed in a natty blue sujlt a quiet tie- He road,e all the tors-even N<?rt}i Qarilon^'g - >y, clad. Jn a an advisory capacity. He served in a similar capacity, he said, for Virginia Congressman Howard Smith's committee to investigate the executive agencies. EXPERIENCED LOBBYIST This was interesting indeed. The Smith committee, it will be recalled, conducted one of the most celebrated inquisitions of the entire war period, and would rave knocked out all rent and price controls if it had had its way. So Mr. Pishback had brain-trusted that! Mr. Pishback then volunteered the information that his real job was that of general counsel to the nation retail dry goods association. All through the war, N. R, D. G. A. has been one of OPA's rnost bitter opponents. The Bankhead investigation now began to add up Mi 1 . Pishback was just another public- spirited, patriotic citizen, serving his country for purely altrustic motives and without pay, except for the normal retainers he might re- ce;ve when plantad where he could do the most good in, promoting his client's ideas on government refp.rra, The program which Mr. Fishback has mapped out for the Bankhead committee is aimed at amending t price control act in two ed. Secondly, he would further amend the Bankhead-Brown amendment tp |,he price control act so that OPA would be forced to raise ceiling prices on cotton products. As now written, the Bankhead^Browri' provision merely forces OPA to set no price cf-ilings on cotton products which will prevent the mills from paying lass than parity prices on raw cot> ton. This was considered all right during the war, when raw cotton gold below parity pri'-es. But now cotton is. above parity and QP,A doesn't feel the necessity for giving the cot' ton mills further Bankhead-Brown amendment price increases. Mr. P|shback says this is administering the act in a very arbitrary and unfair manner. ,lt would be fair, apparently, if OPA weve proftibijed fronj putting any ceilings on raw cotton, cottpn textiles, and cotton clothing. That's what the Bjinljhead investigation seems to be shpoting a,t. . As far as the charge that too much cottor) goods is being export- -i''HE girl sat in the corner, re•*• garding her viocktail glass soberly. She was an attractive girl, i with gold-brown hair and hazel eyes, now deeply shadowed. Colin thought she was beautiful, and catalogued her with his -writer's eye—a tall, slim girl, in a diisty-pink evening dress, and large-sleeved white jacket—an interesting girl with a lean, intelligent face. She spoke, presently — rather more to herself than to him. "The bride was lovely in white satin and rose-point luce—the defeated candidate, with her customary impeccable taste, wore a simple but smart gown of sackcloth trimmed with ashes. She' carried an appropriate bouquet of bleeding- hearts—" 'She looked at him, then, and her eyes were bright with unshed tears. "Take me out of here, please, will you? I'll commence to howl in another minute." "Of course," Colin said quickly, and wondered if she remembered his name, When they were introduced there had been despair and oewilderment and incomprehension in her eyes. Ann Tucker— little Ann, he wanted to say, though she M'as tall as he. But that vision oi a hurt child persisted. Already Colin was lost, though he didn't yet know it—a man is, when he starts applying the adjective "little" to a girl who stands fully'five feet eight inches in her sheerest chiffon hose, and is addicted to three-inch heels. Quietly, without farewells to the rest of th'e; party, they left the roadhouse. Established ir; his sar, Ann still' was silent, and Colin found nothing to say. For perhaps fifteen minutes they drove through the ptill beauty of the night, before he glanced at her . She was crying, with a quiet desperation that racked her body. : Colin whipped out a clean handkerchief and said soothingly,.•'.%','.' know that into each life some rain must full, but don't you think that's nearly enough April showers?" you? Who are you?" Colin Drake." He sounded a little apologetic. So she hadn't known. "Colin — Drake!" Ann gasped, then began to laugh, a little hysterically. "And I've been weeping in your arms all evening! Colin Drake! Oh, my gosh—" "I'm sorry," Colin said. "I would have told you earlier—but, after all, we were introduced." "And you really remembered me—I mean, you remembered my writing you that silly letter? How could you? You must hear from so many people—" "My fan yiail isn't so heavy as all that," C«lih said rather dryly. They drove for a long while through the quiet night, Finally Ann said, "I'd better go home. It's very late." She gave him brief directions on how to reach her house, and settled back in the corner of the 1 seat, A sidewise glance "Oh, the devil," Colin , said j told Colin that her eyes were under his breath, and swung the steadily .on his profile, and he car off the road, HQ switched off «"=v>°'i VinVflv that it. were a more the. jgnjtion, and without a word ed for UNBBA relief neighbor pplicy, the good- production administration, which allocates these ' gathered her into an impersonal clasp. He was rather astonished at. the difficulty of H ee P in S, it impersonal, that arose immediately he touched, her. He. felt momentarily indignant, What did : think he was, anyway? she he whipped out a clean handkerchief and tucked it into her hand, and ,said soothingly', "I know that into each life some rain must fall, but 'don-t you think that's nearly enough April showers?" Aph pulled a little away from him, and gulped, "I!m s-sorry," her vbica breaking on the final word. His right arm still around her, Colin fished for his cigaret case with his left, and said, "Have a cigaret? They're said to be soothing. There's a point, you know, where tears cease to be sorrow and become hysterics." , * * * S HK accepted a cigaret and a light, and she Sapped crying, They smoked together in silence for- a few minutes, then Colin asked, not looking at her, "Ok,ay?" "Okay," §he said. He- parted the jcap again., a white h£ epofce. . .. "Apj^Xftg dflfl'i briefly that it were a more classic one. ' Presently Ann said, 'This is it," and Colin swung the car into the driveway, and they stopped in front of a big house, half screened from the road by trees—a gracious, rather old house, inviting in the silvery moonlight. Ann opened a side door with her latchkey, and they entered a big, -softly, lighted room. She touched a match to the fire laid ready in the fireplace, took off her jacket, and sank down in a big chair. "Please sit down," sjie said. "I'm suddenly a little in awe of you-^-and I haven't the faintest idea what I can talk to you about." Colin sat down end smiled a little. "You were doing all right. Do I look so very formidable?" he inquired. '•I'm just remembering, with awful • clarity, that you're my favorite author, and I have a re- spons\bility for entertaining you— and I'm neither bright nor heau- tyfu.1, and you'll probably be very bored." «'} hardly think so," he said. * * * meant she jiist worked in,,an, architect's office, instead of .being an architect her:slf—and her Sis-'-' ter's family lived with, thesa'," which cut down expenses more. "I love having Connie Davey and Betsey with us,', of; course—but it can't be much' ju'ji. for them," Ann said reflectively,'' "How old are you, Ann?" Colin* asked abruptly, offering up, a, silent prayer that she wasn't so young as he feared. "Twenty-three." ... Fifteen years. He wondered' if she classed him with her 'father. So he asked her, "Do you know how old I am?" She regarded him gravely, "I don't know. You can't be ffc awfully young—you've been JaV rnous for too many years to lift very young. But you don't seem old—middle thirties?" she guessed. "Flattering me—both as to age and to fame. I'm thirty-eight," he said, and wondered how old' Jock was. He had thought looked very young, watching I at the wedding; „ Very young very beautiful, with his tall blond head held high. "That's r.ot old," she said, "I don't think so myself, moSJ the time," he admitted, "If ij; co*n,es before the senate for of you'll" give me your address, I'll be getting along—" "Write to me at th^ o said, "I need something v brighten up the place, aren't the best times for tects, you know. I'm luofey have a job," "The job is lucky to have Colin said, making a note o|H address. "It's been grar»i Warring you, Ann. Porj; Drake jsirt veiy far from Seattle, after That's where I live—H's ' ' but I feel proprietary aJ}Q\jt' It's a lovely place—I waij| j see it. But that can come" In the meantime, you wijl, my letters?" "Of course!" Ann §9id. by, Mr. Drake—" "Cplin—" he said. "Well—good-by, Colin, time we meet, I promise dissolve in tears." "I'll never mak.e you spid, quite serio~-' 1 When Cola

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