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March 5, Texas' Most Consistent Newspaper Mteetit Satnrdny by The Pnrnpa News. 822 W. Foster A»e., TeftM. Phone <66—All departments. MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (Full tiilttd W!*s«.) The Associated Press is exclusively entitled to the use for publidntion 6d »11 he*se dispatches credited to it or other wise credited to this paper and also the Hews jmhlished herein. Ent.?rril ns second class matter at the post office at Texas, under the act of March 3rd, 1S79. SIIIISCRIPTION RATES fiy CARRIER th Pnmpn 2. r n- vwk. Jl.on p.'- morth. Tniil in ndvnnce, $3.00 t*r 8 months. J6.00 per six months. i>er ynr. I'l-ir.- JUT single copy B cents. No Hlftil ordeii accepted in localities served liy currier ilelivery. CROSSROADS AHEAD The threatened national walkout Thursday of telephone workers, and the strike threatened by "Red Mike" Quill's New York transit union, following on the heels of New York's tugboat tieup, suggest re-examination of the wartime expedient of federal plant seizure. During the war, when important production was halted by labor trouble, it became standard practice for the federal government to take over and operate the plant without regard for which party in the argument was right or wrong. The temporary success of this questionable makeshift deceived the public into assuming: first, that unions could not legally or properly strike against the government; and, secondly, that the unions conceded that disability. The tugboat strike rudely shattered that fond illusion. When Uncle Sam took over the harbor craft the tugboatmen just ignored him and stayed at home. It may be assumed that they wondered, at first, what would happen. If so, they found out. Nothing happened. The navy did not even put sailors aboard the tugboats to bring fuel and food to the stricken metropolis. Now the telephone workers, who may have read newspapers during the tugboat strike, say frankly that they don't know what they will do if the federal government takes over the communications system. They recognize no compulsion to stay on the job just because "Uncle Whiskers" calls himself the new manager. He will have to satisfy them with the conditions he offers. And Councilman Quill's transit workers led by communists and pro-communists, propose to strike directly against government itself unless their union is recognized as bargaining agent for all subway, elevated, trolley, and bus enmployesof the city. Thus far, government seizure and operation is the only device yet found by which operation of life-and-death services can be assured while management and unions fight out their economic disputes. If that fails, as it now is failing, the public will be left completely at the mercy of an irresponsible employer or union forcing a strike in a critical industry. We are coming close to the crossroads where we must decide which is the direction toward an end to economic turmoil. Common Ground By R. C. HOILES Why The Stock Market Crash The stock market dropped $5.50 •;on Tuesday. This is the largest drop in one day since November, 1942, if I read my chart correctly. ,, . 'it looks as- if people who have "assets to invest are beginning (o realize what the new ruling by ""Harry, the Hatter" really means. When the federal government takes the position in peace lime that industry cannot raise wages -without the consent of the hmreau- '•.••.crats in Washington and have any '"'chance of being permitted to increase the price of their products, . vwe begin to see how the osyners of the physical means of pro* ! duction have lost control or their business. We begin to 'see how rapidly we are losing the right lo use the Initiative of those who have demonstrated their ability. Of course everyone who has given any thought to what produces u higher standard of living will realize that the bureaucrats in Washington will not be able to determine the relative value of all things, as they will have to do in order to administer thi.s ruling. Especially is this true, when "Harry, the Hatter," seems to have no more judgment as lo the value of different things than "Adolph, the paperhanger" had as to the usefulness and value of different things in Gernuvy. It will be remembered that Harry, the Hatter, did not even know the value of hats enough to stay in business when he was selling hats. Now he is proposing that he and his appointees know enough about values to establish the value of everything. The result is that people who have invested in the stock market look for very small earnings for corporations until such time as this policy of government .squeezing the industrialists is abandoned. They think that it will so discourage investors that they will prefer to have their savings in credit money, even if it is fiat printing press money. They evidently believe that they will be able to get back in the market before people realize that thi.s action of the government means smaller and smaller production and a lower U«u iuv. ei aianumu of living and thus abandon this policy. But why should we not expect •'Washington to do this very thins of attempting to regulate the lives of people? We are cluing this very thing in every school district. In every school district, we are practicing that the majority need not respect the initiative o£ the individual. How then can we expect voters to respect it in Washington? The acts in Washington are the natural result of what we are doing in every tax-supported 30Hool district in the country. We are only reaping exactly what we fc^Ve sown in every community. OFFICE CAT ^ Small bpy was trudging uit>i.j; dejectedly in the grip <X o ipoliwiuun. In his hand lie can-led a baseliall and Sit. Ifhere httd-been a broken window A eroup of l'l» P als sto ° a °" the fttlreet corner. Jie tried to Uee,, a slltt " If. lln «8 he passed them: M^wiiftt aw yp« Ao - Fl ' ed? (bravely)—Ol). nuthln. they've tQ P'ay Wit" the cops, team . firemen. —9— a j*urm area not a, flpe picture Nation's Press 'A'fiXSA'T Fl'TT'HB AHEAD FOR J;S The American Way By Dr. Norman Vincent Peale (EDITOR'S NOTE: The Rever•encl Normal! Vincent Peale, D.D., is pastor of Marble Collegiate Church, Fifth Ave., New York •'City.) If you wish lo establish a reputation for being a wise man, '.here. is one certain way io ilo it; br a believer in the future. Men who nave no confidence in the future demonstrate, in the long run, Ilia •.hey lad; vision and insight. In ISSO a high government offi- :ial announced that all of the canals and railroads had been buill, and there would bo no further progress iii transportation in Ihe United Stales. At about lhe..same lime, another profound Ihinkor was ivmU- ing l In.' Nlalemcnt thai the physical sciences had reached a stationary condition. When these two false prophels were airing their views, Thomas A. Edison was r>9 years iii age, Henry Ford was 23, Sieinmot/ vns 21, Orville Wright was 15, Marconi was 12, and Einstein was 7 years of age. The men who made those statements' were not believers in the future; so they (urned out to be fca'cl 'prophets. The .vise man is he who believes that greater things will come to pass. And greater things are coming. In the research laboratories of America are marvels which can give us an era of unprecedented .It-velopinent. For example, there is raclar with its mysterious and mystic fingers reaching beyond the clouds or through obstructions. V'/e are now in the "electronic ago," a development that may revolutionize the lives of the people. The e is somelhing of special in- iciest to the ladies in connection v/illi electronics. The housewife of th<3 future will scarcely need to .sweep and dust. Recently in a display cf household appliances, I saw a little mechanism known as a "precipiton." By means of electronic energy it sucks down dust particles in ths air and destroys .them. The women of the future will never need to sweep again. iEven those who don't do it. now, will (bo able to neglect it in the future •without a sense ol guilt. Tlii..; plpctronic ni»p i« mTVPlm" When you go out al night, your telephone will answer itself, and will make memoranda for you lo read upon your return; and if it is hecessary to get you at once, you can be reached in your car, telephonically, as you drive. Then, too, ; an electronics house has been in- v.-ented, where, among other things, {/on will be able lo lie in bed on a (cold Winter morning and close ihe windows without gelling up. '.By means of electronics we may be hble to magnify 100,000 times and ,'Jiscover and isolate the carriers of Disease, which heretofore have baffled medical science. We will per- Ihaps be able to drive our tires flOO.OOO miles, because the vulcan- ;izalion process will create a .strength that will give that vast .mileage. A little communication device icallecl & "walkie-talkie" has been .developed. It can be carried on tone's person. It was used in the '.Army, where an officer could talk 'With his men and his men wilh him, )as it is a two-way sending and receiving set. This could be used .'within an area of three miles. '.Think what this will mean for Ihe 'future! A man equipped with one ;of these "walkie-talkies" will be '.able to receive directions from his iwife all day long. But, men readers of this newspaper can take comfort, for now we have enough gaso- 'line to get outside the three-mile jljmit. I These technological develop^ Invents are only symbols of greater (progress to come. If is a great' (age that stretches out before us and [fortunate indeed are we to be 'alive to enjoy the wonderful oppor* that will present themt JJavs *<Mitt4f«ce ia the. Alway*-" Gets if In the DiN'T weeo AftMOR. NOW: I've GUN By IlAV TUCKER OIL—The swf'.tc naval affails committee has '-hown a surprising squt-nniishness in shyini; from u detailed investigation of Edward W. Pi-.ulcy's Msxi:an oil deals. Insiders around the state department suggest that this oleaginous field has not been explored sufficiently. Prosecutor Tobey lifted the lid on the P'tuley-Mexico City negotiations for u momr.'il, but was diverted when Harold L. Ickes came along with his more serious charges. But the Mexican matter, which had the approval of the late President Roosevelt, Mr. Ickes himself and high state officials for a while, will probably insure Mr. Pauley's repudiation by the senate if it is exposed. George S. Messersmith, our extremely able nnd honest ambassador at Mexico City, could tell the untold story. He blocked the Pauley proposal at a time when Washington seemed to favor it. But the naval nfiairs investigators can ascertain the facts if they will .subpoena such men as Cordell Hull, Sumner Welles and Denn Acheson, now under secretary of state. Mr. Acheson, unlike Mr. Ickes, docs not want to blast a prospective cabinet colleague. He has not angled for an invitation to be a witness, as Mr. Ickes did. But he has evidence on the California oil man. GESTURE—The United States wanted to build a high octane gasoline plant in Mexi:o soon after the Pearl Harbor attack. The project was not essential to cur military needs, but 'it was felt by President Roosevelt that the gesture would solidify sentiment in Central ind South American countries against the Axis. It was in the the same category with our effort'; to build up a Brazilian navy—on extremely sore point with Argentina. P. D. R.'s idea was that this country, through the reconstruction finance corporation, would furnish $20,000,000 needed i'or the central plant, the pipe lines, railroad spurs and new shipping facilities. Mexico would pay off the loan under fairly favorable terms. CONTRACT—It was then that Mr. Pauley intervened. He organized an oil company, contacted certain Mexican politicians and got a contract under whicli he would build and manage ',he proposed high octane enterprise. Eut he insisted—and the Mexicans agreed—that his profit should be ton percent of the gross income. It is estimated that his yearly take would have been from $2,000,000 to $5,000,- O'JO. The RFC, under Mr. Pauley's program, would have advanced him the money. Thus he would have made a handsome profit without pulling up a nickel out of his own pocket. Mexico would eventually have been the loser. But the nation's resentment would have been visited on our government, inasmuch as the RFC would have provided the funds and the Caljfornian was then a key figure in the democratic party. Ambassador Massersmith informcc Washington that the denl would harm rather than help our relations with Mexico and other Latin-American nations, whicli still suspect tha U. $ rather than U. S. should be our initiails. SURPRISED—"The Man" Bilbo of Mississippi surprised colleagues, by rising in the senate to speaK a good word for George E. Allen during the spirited debate over the latter's qualifications as a member o the reconstruction finance corpora tion. "The Man," who rarely has a good word for anyone, informed the senate that the Aliens of Mississipp were good, substantial folk—lawyers businessmen, poilticiians etc. Reason for :he amazement ove Mr. Bilbo's remarks was tha Georges' uncle, the famous "Privat John" Allen—a Isngendary figure ii the state—wan a bitter opponent o the senator. When Bilbo ran fo governor in world war I days, "Pri vate John" vowed that he woul quit the state if Bilbo should b elected. He kept his promise.. He moved t Chicago, and registered at the hote ns "Private John 1 Allen, U. S. A. lie would not admit that he wa from "Old Mississippi." IDEA—Soon thereafter Nephe\ George's name -^ame across Gover nor Bilbo's desk. The new membe of the RFC was an applicant for commission as captain in. the na tional ijuard, then under control o Ihe states. As Governor Bilbo began t scratch his signature, an aide re marked: "Governor, you certain! are not going to commission tha guy! Don't you know that he is til nephew of 'Private'John' Allen?" "Why, yes," replied Mr. Bilbo "I know it. I'll commission Georgie Might be a good idea if we sent thes Aliens to the front and had then killed off!" NEIGHBORS—Harold L. I3ke and Jesse Holman Jones were Wash ing-ton's fiercest feudists when the served as members of Franklin D Roosevelt's political household. The scrapped over helium for Germany oil for Japan, aluminum productioi and anything else that entered the! minds. Harold regarded Jesse as th head devil of the conservatives. Now the two are neighbors in £ geographical sense only. Mr. Jone •occupies suite 450-1-2 at a down town hotel, while Mr. Ickes ha G50-1 directly above. The former head of the RFC am secretary of commerce, who was fire> to make a cabinet place for Harold' baddy, Henry A. Wallace, tell friends that he is thinking of buyini a pistol or a blunderbuss. "With Harold upstairs," muses th big Texan. "I think that I had bet ter go armed from now on." What we do in the next year o two will in a large measure deter mine whether or not we can avoic another 1929 collapse.—Reconver- sion Director John W. Snyder. UPTON Truman Eight Want Pauley as His Protector Why does Truman stick to -auley? The question puzzles many jeople. Harry Truman has a large )ump of personal loyalty to those vho have helped him, but it is not any larger than his bump of practical political sense, as he understands t. Until his ascension to the presi- lency Harry's favorite saying was The only definition 1 know of a statesman is a dead politician, and ' would lather be a live politician Jinn a statesman." The business of remaining a live jolilician implies nihibleness in get- ,ing away from associates who be- some political liabilities, and Pauley is certainly that regardless of whether a democratic majority of the nomination committee stomachs him or not. Truman may feel that he can be as loyal to oil men and campaign fund collector, Pauley, as he could be Pendergast. He may not realize how vmparallel are the two cases. Pendergast, like his counterpart Mayor Curley of Boston, always retained a regional prestige. National reactions arc much touchier. Some say Truman is obeying Hannegan, and Hannegan is a sick man. Ha-nnegan has always been rather discreet, and his illness has turned his tenacity into stubborn sullenness. There is another angle, not widely understood. Truman has become alarmed about the "red" influence in his official family. He has become very uncertain about James Byrnes. A natural jealously of Byrnes due to the fact that Byrnes wanted the nomination for the ' vice-presidency before Harry Truman ever seriously thought of it for himself is enhanced by Byrnes' undisguished desire to be democratic presidential nominee in 1948. An unpleasant tinge is given this situation by the fact that so long as congress does not change the law of succession, Byrnes would become president should anythin incapacitate Truman. As the President has an increasing amount of trouble with the men who have honeycombed the administration under the sponsorship of Eleanor Roosevelt, and whose heart is with Moscow rather than with their own nation, it is natural foi Truman to expect that Byrnes plays up to the Moscow-lovers for a political purpose. Truman must recognize that Ed Pauley proved tin plate passer par excellance in the campaign, but what is not so well known outside the White House is that he has been the hardest-boiled anc most effective anti-red influence in high administration circles since Truman became President. Something that should be brought to the attention of congress anc the public, but of course will not be by state department, propagandists is that the administration has nevei published Pauley's reparations report on Europe, nor has it been officially submitted to congress. Oi the other hand, the Pauley report on Japanese reparations, has been submitted and has received genera approval, although Pauley's mission to Japan followed his European mission. Revelation of the details of the European mission would show Pauley's reversal of the policy of Isidor Lubin and the manner in which it was accomplished. Paulej wanted President Truman to replace the Lubin coterie on the reparations commission. When this seemed impossible without political repercussions which Truman was unwilling to sustain, Pauley increased the commission to an absurd number of members—some nineteen 01 so—but enough to outvote the Lubin crowd. The policy of Lubin appeared on the surface to be to throw everything in Germany into Stalin lap. Lubin's true motive however was purely and simply to follow the Morgenthau policy of vinclic- tiveness. The easiest way to destroy German industry was to give it to Russia. There was actually more hate of Germany than love of Russia in Lubin's method. To some extent, Pauley put a stop to this—but how effectively we cannot know so long as the report remains unrevealed. Probably the military seizure by Russian troops of Standard Oil properties in Hungary was typican Moscow retaliation for Pauley's policy of taking the MACKENZIE'S At" WorM BERN, Switzerland, March 5.— jetters are arriving from readers who are anxious to tour Europe .nd want advice on how to go about t. That's a project for which your :lobe trotting columnist team has i sympathetic un- lerslanding. ' We lave the same irge and it grows tronger as we proceed on the, ?reat adventure of; vatching the rebirth of a conti- icnt. There are Eu- opean countries which are looking orward eagerly to a renewal of tour- DEWITI MACKENZIE st trade. Among them is Switzer- and, which is making special plans o accommodate visitors. But there are many others which are too badly hurt to be able to deal with any great influx of tourists for a very considerable time, and in these countries the traveler encounters larsh difficulties. Therefore, our advice to would-be tourists is to consult the consulates and embassies of the countries which they wish to visit to determine whether it's a suitable time. One important item to remember is that touring in Europe is devil- shly expensive. Don't start out with the idea that you can do it cheaply and still have adequate food nnd lodging. The reason, of course, s that there is a great shortage • Peter Edson's Column- POLITICS COMING MORE AND MORE USUAL By PETER EDSON NEA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON. (NBA) — With congressional elections now less than nine months away, politics is becoming a little more as usual, and that explains much of the spring mud now being thrown around Washington. If you're looking for bigger and better confusion about the issues, one of the more painless ways of keeping up is to read at the same sitting the monthly tabloid newspapers of. the two principal political parties. If you want the low-down on the democrats,, read "The Republican News," William C. Murphy, jr., editor. If you want to know what's wrong with republicanism, read "The Democrat," Sam O'Neal, editor. These two men are publicity chairmen for their respective parties. Both are experienced Washington correspondents and know their way around. Murphy was chief of bureau for the Philadelphia Inquirer, O'Neal for the Chicago Sun. Both have been president of the National Press club. They are good friends, personally, so what their papers have to say about the other's politics must all be in fun. For instance, the names of oil man pd Pauley and insurance man George Allen aren't mentioned at ^U in ''The Democrat," which ypu expect to fi«d brag- its great leaders, it's to *>*. have to turn to read all about republican oil man Joe Pew and steel man Ernest T. Weir. WHAT'S IN A NAME In "The Republican News," Pauley is referred to lovingly as "Oily Ed" and Allen is "Jolly George, Truman's court jester." In "The Democrat," Weir is praised as, "a labor-baiting steel magnate and heavy sugar daddy of the G.O.P." This pretty exchange of compliments merely shows on what a high plane U. S. politics is conducted. Front page space is given in "The Republican News" to all the Lincoln Day banquets while "The Democrat" heralds President Truman's forthcoming Jackson Day dinner speech on March 23. Abe Lincoln and Andy Jackson are of course the leading candidates for election in November. At least a lot of the money to finance the campaigns is raised at their birthday anniversary frolics. Both papers give page one play to this question of money. "The Re^ rublican News" blasts at President Truman's peacetime budget message calling for expenditures of 36 billion dollars a year—one-third of the national income. "The Democrat" tells about how the G.O P. is raising money to "Let the rich rule." "The Democrat" thinks it's bad for the republicans to raise m,on,ey on, p#ge one, but on p«ge five there's, a nijje UtHe bo.« wJth. a you Pjemopratio Tre,§k§WW IT'S EMPHASIS THAT COUNTS Inflation comes in for a big plaj •in both sheets, but, oh, with whal different emphasis. According to "The Democrat" the administration's program will protect the public from ruinous inflation and keei: prices under "reasonable" control According to "The Republican News," it's the "O.I.O.-Truman Inflation Plan" which is setting the stage for higher prices. Both papers have religious corners, and seem to endorse prayei throueh cartoons. "In "The Republican News," the democratic donke: is shown kneeling at his bed pray- line. "What'll I do? Harry's jus spilled the budget!" In "The Democrat," it's the republican elephan that is shown praying. "Oh, Lord tell me what those democrats have that I haven't got." Both papers go in heavily for reprinting dumb sayings of their op< ponents. it's news to "The Demo> crat" when Republican Senate: Wherry of Nebraska cajls for a coiv gressional investigation of starvatioi in Europe after haying voted agains an appropriation for UNRRA. T< "The Republican News its hot stuf when Democratic Congressman S. Baldwin, Pi Maryland ''observe with 59Wsw the inftttr&ttpn into the democratic party jtpwUsts anj Lubin candy away from the Bear. In any cast, Truman's fidelity to Pauley is more than political bed- fellowship. Truman craves protec- ,ion against the red persuasion of liis own official family, and the iack of character of Byrnes in particular. Ed Pauley, on his part, has«.b'een rushed to the place where he has nothing to lose. The democratic majority on the senate committee iust might approve him. If not, he las lost nothing by hanging on. But the democratic party will lose most if he not only hangs on, but becomes part of the administration. (Copyright 194G) • In Holly wood By NBA Staff HOLLYWOOD. — (NEA) — Joan Crawford's dethronement of Bette Davis of the Warner Bros. Itit has reached the non -speaking stage. Especially after an episode the other day. Joan went over to speak to Bette in the studio cafe. Bette acted colder than the .ice in her water glass and never stopped eattns while mubling a few words. The Master Barbers association, we hear, is up in arms over the new 20th Century-Pox picture, "The Razor's Edge." There's not a shave in the picture. Humphrey Bogart nnd Lnuren Bacall are keen to do Steve Fisher's new play, 'Winter Kill," based upon his novel by the same title, which the Shuberts have bought for Broadway production. * * * Gloria Stuart tells about the starlet who met another starlet oh the lot one day and said: "Darling, you look wonderful. What happened?" Brian Donlevy, a mild smoker, is afraid his role in Unlversal's "Fandango" will tbrn him into a cig- aret fiend. He has been consuming six packages daily as a chain- smoking Russian navy captain. The of food and housing in most countries. Natunrlly the objective of most visitors—the devastated area of Germany—is unattainable at present by the average traveler. There is neither food nor shelter to spare, though the conquered territories presumably will be opened up in due course. One 6f the worst bottlenecks which the traveler encounters is transportation. The shortage is so great that you may waste days and even weeks waiting for a booking by train or air. Then, in some cases you also run up gainst the old holdup game which involves the giving of a big gratuity to a conductor for sleeping accommodations on a train. You must expect to be cold in even the best hotels and it's a welcome surprise if there is sufficient heat. Hot water for baths also is rationed in many places. You mst bring all that you will need for your trip in the way of clothing, shoes, vitamins and other medicines, cosmetics and so on, because there are few places you can buy these things in E'irope, filfrt. he.SnH is ft ntcotlttg Version b! "The iLtfsfc Wsekelid." ; Hdllywood throws away; ffibfe* money' on music than in ahy . btfier department of the film industry, according to Nathaniel Mhston, head of M-G-M's music department for 10 years. One day a producer called Nat into his office to 'discuss a certain scene. "It's got to have production yal- » ue," said the producer. "We'd better have an orchestra of 60 — no. make it 80." Nat pointed out that 40 musl- cinns would be enough because there was a great deal of important dialog in the scene, then added: "It boils down to what you • DON'T want the audience to hear —an orchestra of 40 or one of 80?" «. * * Film writer Robert Rossen is not one of Lana Turner's fans. He wrote her first film, 'They Won't Forget," .which "won high critical ac- " claim. Since then, however, people who remember the picture can't even tell you the story. "That's the picture," they say, "where. Lana, * Turner first walked down the street wearing a sweater." Winston Churchill's former son- in-law, Victor Oliver, is Hollywood bound for a film career. SEEKS OSCAR It's nice to see J. Carrol Nalsh contending for an Academy Award this year. He's a one-man stock company and has turned in more fine performances than any actor in Hollywood. Ronnie Ralph, juvenile star of "The House I Live In," is looking for a house to live in. His family is due to be evicted soon. Ish Kabibble: 'I wish I was in Washington." Kay Kyser: "Why?" Ish: "Well, I read in the papers where a hula dancer was being * scut to congress from Hawaii— and I want to be there when she puts a motion before the house." GIVEN COMMENDATION Emmett E. Edwards, jr., Sound- man 1/c, who served 24 months overseas in r.he European theater, was discharged from the separation, center at Norman, Okla., Feb. 22. He was last stationed at Greencove Springs, Fla. His group received a commendation for performance of duty in operations against German U-boats. His ship operated as part of the carrier task group against submarines in the North Atlantis. by Hazel Heidergott -Dislribulcil by NEA SERVICE. INC. THE STORY t Ann Tucker turns to a jtyinimtlietic Ntriingrrr for vumfort at u imrty fulltnvliii; Jock'M mxirriiiurc to anotiier girl* Tlie Ntrangrer driven her home. olTera III* Mliouliler for her to cry on, Ann Is ilabbcrgaHtcd trlicn «hc fliulH out lie In Colin Drake, her favorite author. Colin, jnean- tvhtle, lliidM liiniNclf utroiiKly at- taehuil to HID islrl, aakx If Jic may write uer. * * * II \V7HEN Ann camo clown to breakfast, she found her sister and brother-in-law nearly finished, and regarding their 2-year- old daughter with parental pride. "Hullo, Connie. Morning, Davey. Hi, brat." She leaned over Betsey, and regarded her face for a moment, looking for a clean place to kiss, gave up in despair and kissed her lightly on the top of her golden head. • "Ho, Ann," Betsey said, spitting out a bit of the toast she "was gnawing on, along with the words. Davey lit a cigaret, and got up. It was high time he went to work. He followed Ann's lead in kissing the top of Betsey's head, leaned over Connie and kissed her, said "Be seeing you, dolly," then patted Ann's shoulder as he parsed her and murmured, "So long, kid." There was sympathy in his brief touch, compassion in his voice. Useless for Ann to try to hide .from her i'amily the way she felt. jShe looked after Davey as he 'went out of the room. He looked rather like Jock—tall and blond and young and clean-looking. She and Connie had' almost identical tastes. "He's a nice guy," she said. "We like him," Connie answered carelessly. She flicked the toaster on, vanished into the kitchen and returned in a moment with a glass of orange juice in one hand, a •steaming globe of coffee in the other. She set them down, picked up her offspring and said, "I'll join you for a cup of coffee as soon as i wasn' tne infant's face and hands." When she returned, Ann had lit a cigaret, and was sipping reflectively at a cup of coffee, "Have a smoke with your coffee, Connie —you have time," she urged her, "This is Sunday, and I ought to be able to help you a little. Where's Dad?" "Playing golf. He started off at the crack of dawn, I guess. I found a note pinned to my door when I got up. I thought he'd eloped or something. 1 Connie lit a cigaret, and blew a neat smoke ring, to her infinite satisfaction. "You were late coming in, weren't you? I didn't hear you. We came straight home from the wedding. I didn't see you after the reception at all. What did you do?" "Oh, J went on to a party. Sort of senseless. I guess I had a vague idea of getting tight or something equally dramatic, but I didn't, needless to say. I just distin^ guished myself by going on a cry* ing jag in the arms of my favorite author." "Ann!" Connie said. "The crying jag was just tears —not liquor," Ann explained.. "And eaicj favorite author wa.s very gweet and nice to me—I hops it Wasn't just for copy, beqau,se he's rathey a dear." ' M §J?rry to be dull, Connie looked worried. "Ann, thing that would help—but there you I never liked Jock anyway- ested in me. Asked if He could write to me. Which is very thrilling, of course, but if he is interested, I wish he lived in town. I don't know just what I'm going to do in my spare time, Connie. What does a girl do when she has a broken heart?" * * * looked worried. "Ann, honey, I wish I could say something that would help—but there isn't anything. I can't even tell you that I never liked Jock anyway—though I'll admit I don't like him much now—because you know better." "Of course you like him," Ann said ruefully. "I hope Nina will make him happy, I really do, you snow. I want him to be happy, even if I'm not. And I'm not." "Tell me 'about Colin Drake, Ann," Connie said. "How did you meet him? I had no idea he was a northwest author—" "i guess he must know Nina's family, He came to the wedding and was in this party afterward. He just happened to be the close?*; man when I demanded to be taken away, and, he obliged. He's aw~ fully nice. He's 38, shorter than I, I'm afraid—but of course I was wearing nigh, heels—and awfully dark. Black hair and blue eyes— and sort of a bluish look about his jaws—you know, One of the reasons I've always liked blond men best, He's not a bit gpo.d-looking —very beaky nose, thin and sort of long-—-his nose, I mean—and with 3 sort of lean and hungry look about him. He has a voice-—mellow and very low." "Is he married?" Connie inquired. Ann looked startled. "I don't know," she confessed. "I don't think he could be—" "Jt might be just as well if you foundl out," Connie commented. She briskly began to clear the table, and Ann got up to help her. Connie was such a cute little girl, Ann thought. She frequently said that Connie had had sense enough to stop growing at a reasonable si?e. • She wished that she had stopped shooting up some four inches short Pi her present height. ' h.a.4 never minded feeing tell, because ft did»'j; matter with Jock's fi |QQt.3 alongside her. „' ftlway§ fcid feeen Jqckj , - WSL «W.MW Vm**M ,.„ jwwt 0 wtf«rw fflM4.wt.8bB Mil ® honey, I wish I could say some- isn't anything:. I can't even tell -because you know better," millions of other men, and after, all, Jock is only one man who happens to be too darned handsome, with a nice plausible manner and a heluva lot of charm. I'll admit all that—but he's'be- haved rottenly to you, Ann." "1 don't know," Ann said slowly. "He never broke any promises—he never, made any, I just took too much for granted, I suppose. It's just—well,, my father doesn't happen to be an eminent and successful lawyer, who can i use a nice bright young man with ' lots of brains but no experience! in his firm." ,•: Blinded by sudden tears, she' ran stumbling from the room, MP the stairs to her bedroom, and, flung herself on the bed, i * * * , j. AFTER a while she wiped her, •**• eyes, and still sniffling a lit* tie, reached for a book on the table beside her bed. "Though This Be Madness," by Colin PraHe. Pleasant, informal, unimportant essays. She read a few pages, her? and there. She wondered if he really would write to her. It had seemed quite plausible last night, but sort of incredible by daylight. But it seemed that he had meant it, Every day, when she opened. the mail at the office, there was 'a fat letter from Colin. He wrote' charming letters, and Ann iett somehow guilty that they were wasted on a public of one, She wrote him three times a week, and although just at first her letters were a little stilted from awe, 'as gradually began to feel "--* she knew him rather better anyone else in the world, her *»y» ters became a faithful expression of Ann herself. Ann showed Connie the letter' in which Colin tolrj her of tog crack-up O f his marriage, some years before, in which he commented that perhaps it was spjpe, inadequacy of his own, som,^ gUyr,* ing fault that he was too conceited tp see-,, that made a failure p| hj| ( more intimate relationahips, •'***' didn't believe that, of course, haps she wWt meant t«- Q' she placed the blame a w involved. For very . , ,M noticed, the ,—* ' gent mjen shpwed the

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