The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 24, 1954 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, May 24, 1954
Page 9
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MONDAY, MAY 24, 1954 " OUR BOARDING HOUSE — with Major HoopU BLYTHETILLE (ARK.) COURIER KEWI NINE WATCH THIS I VEAH? t'V£, BlSOFF-45ceM HIM' 4 6HORE WlNJD '%W- S/^S '* ///S/s . 6GAD,TWlG65/1UlS WATER 15 MY FAVORITE/IT CHALLENGES — CALLS fae FiNc5T $«:iLL6 A MANI HAS/ — THI6 MA5HIE- Nl6L!CK;DES!SNED ME BY THE GREAT TOM 6ALL ,_ANY CLUSf GAME COti &JMT/J IN THE- ^i FUSED BAS/ OUT OUR WAY By J. R. I PUT PA'S RAWTS. THERE WITH THE LAUWPRV 5O I'D SURE TO SEND THEM TO TH' DRV CLEANERS/ -^ CAN'T YOU LET ANYTHING ALONE ? IF HE COME£. DOWM TO RAID THE ICE BOX' HE'LLTHINJKI PIC? THAT.' HOW KIN XXI MAKE A CRAZY LITTLE STUMT LIME THAT WHV MOTHERS GET GRAY e .2 *s u. t> e o (A SI Ik I MUST BE 66TTING OLD, Me.WAYMAM NERVES ARE ABOUT TO SNAP/ *r WHY, MISS - WATEPBUAY/ ANYTHING WROM6? MY .. .. IS PACKEO WITH Hi6f4 SCHOOL STUDENTS AGAIN / NORMAL FOfc OFYEAP/ rMEVee BOM- IN6 UP FOR . FINAL EXAMS / "sr THEY CLAM TMEY CANT CONCENTRATE UNLESS THEY WEAR THOSE ATROCIOUS LOOKIMS THINK Cope. 19S4 by NEA S*rric«. Inc. T. M. Reg. U. S. Pat. CXf. by Henry Cre^or Felsen Copyright 1953 by Henry Gregor Felsen. Printed by arrangement wiHi tfa* pwblishm. Random House, Inc. Distributed by NEA Service. THIS STORY: Ricky Madison. Ifi, fcrl.-» loflft btcnusc his friend* knve "hot rodm." while he ham only hj* bicycle. He bronchen the •ubject to hi* father, who *ayw Ricky save his money to go to college. II "WHEN' Ricky left the house that afternoon and turned^ toward town he knew what he u-as going to do. He didn't dare put it in words, or allow himself to think it out step by step. Every time he wanted to do something they had to go through that old routine about his welfare, and what was best for it It sure was funny that it always turned out the best thing for his welfare was what they liked. As though his welfare was something they kept in a safe or something. Ricky loped along with his fists clenched, the rebellion in him growing with every step. Maybe the only way to let his parents know that he was grown up was to prove it. Other guys did, somehow. Other guys weren't treated "the same at 16 as they were at six. "What would they say?" Ricky demanded of himself in a fierce whisper. "Suppose I just drove home in my car and said it was mine and I was going to keep it? Couldn't say anything. It's my money. They wouldn't kick "*" square on a side street, and it me out either. They'd just have { didn't look like the kind of garage you'd want to take a new "Mighty food oar/' Merle said. "Showroom condition. Still has that new smell." voice. "I hax'e to buy something ing wheel. Merle Connor important." yawned. He hated "Well, don't just stand there." to work, but he to go back was bored Annie said. Her fright Over, she with the talk. They'd gone over was her old snippy self again. ; the same ground' a hundred "You know enough to make out a times. "Kid," he said, tired of withdrawal slip. Hurry now. I | everything, "if you want this car want to have some time to finish rny lunch." so much why don't you buy it?' "Maybe I will buy it," Ricky said. fT was a block away from the ! Merle had heard that before. "When? The year 2000?" "Maybe right now," Ricky said, afraid to listen to himself. J- „. to accept it, that's all." He was moving toward the i car to. A big, unpainted frame i Merle straightened up. He bank, thumbs hooked in his belt, i building with a red gas pump in j caught the sound of money in eyes narrowed against the sun. i front, and rusted scraps of junk j Ricky's tone. He went up the three stone ! piled along the outside walls. In I "Your pa would skin you alive steps slowly, uncertainly, almost! the weedy lot next to the garage, ' if you bought a car," Merle said, hoping- something would happen ! with a hand-lettered FOR SALE t "You know that.'' to stop him. ' sign on the windshield, was the i * * * Annie Myers, the assistant car. , T? ICKY reached in his 1 ' pocket cashier, was eating her lunch at j It was a '39 Ford coupe, origi- . and pulled out his money. a table near the vault door. He i nally black, but now the rusty shade of an old top hat. It didn't matter that the fenders were battered and rusted through—they'd come off. And if the door on the driver's side had to be wired shut, that,"was all to the good." It , . , ,, wouldn't be so likely to fly open A NNIE heard him and looked so he , d be thrown out if he hap _ ^ around. She was a small stood at the tellers window, watching her. The bank was merely one big room, divided by a partition not more than five feet high. woman of about 60, with a pale face and bushy hair that had frr'^d-Lrorn red to light, orange. "Do you want something?" T:-.2re was an unconcealed note voice. She didn't like to be disturbed dirmg her lunch. "I . . I want to draw out some money," Ricky said, still staring at Annie. "Does your father know you're taking this money out?" Annie's sharp voice, her speaking as to a small child, angered him. "I'm not asking for my fathers money," Ricky blurted, his voice loud and belligerent, beyond his control. "I'm asking for mine. I put it in by myself, so I guess I can draw it out by myself." Annie was disconcerted. She knew Ricky never did anything important without his father's •assistance. His anger frightened toer. "You needn't think you can stand there and shout at me," «he said shrilly. "I've a mind to c»ll your father right now and ttll him. . . .'* "You just keep away from that phone and give me my tnoney," Ricky ordered. The harsh, tough voice that was coming out of his mouth sounded strange and frightening. The annoyance in Annie's eyes gave way to a quick look of fear. She had read about the crazy things that boys did. And it was always the nice ones who sud- pened to roll the car on a turn. He opened the good door, letting out a rush of hot air that smelled of dust, old upholstery and metal. He felt the usual momentary disappointment that the gearshift lever was on the floor, not up under the wheel. But he comforted himself with the thought that the fancy sports cars like the Jags and the Nash He held the bills up in front of Merle's face. "Who you listening to?" Ricky demanded, his voice aggressive and shaky. "This, or what you think my father would Merle shot a quick look at the money. "That don't look like S65 to me," he said disinterestedly. Ricky looked hurt "I thought the price was fifty." Merle chuckled in a way to indicate that Ricky was talking like a child. "Kid." he said, "you just don't know about car prices. They've gone up since the last time I talked to you. There's a big demand for" good used cars now. A big demand. Matter of fact. 565 is pretty cheap for this Healeys had their gear boxes on I car." An adult could have bought denly went berserk. 'How much do you want?" Annie asked, taking care to keep where he couldn't grab back her. Ricky blushed, ashamed of the way he had talked to old Annie. *AJJ of it," he said in a subdued the floor. He slid under the wheel, sitting on lose and broken springs, staring forward through a windshield that was pitted and discolored from the ravages of weather. He sat behind the wheel dreaming _ and planning until Merle Connor returned to the garage from lunch driving an ancient tow-truck. Merle saw Ricky in the coupe, and it being too hot to start work right away, he -stcolled over to the car to kid Ricky with a sales talk. Merle was in his thirties, a dispirited man in baggy brown coveralls and a greasy red leather cap he wore winter and summer. He was always renting some old building or shack and starting up some kind of fix-it service. He had been through lawnmowers and sewing machines and electrical work, and now he had a garage. Merle leaned against the wired dor of the coupe. "Mighty good car here," Merle said, thumping the tinny door with his fist "Just got her in, and she'll probably be sold this afternoon. Showroom condition. Still has that new smell." The car'had been sitting there for months. the car for $25, and he'd be glad to get rid of it, but these kids were different. When they got the fever for a particular car, they wanted it. ' "Yeah," Merle said, turning his back on Ricky. "I turned down sixty for it this morning. The market's real good now. Real good." He turned again, suddenly, hoping to catch Ricky off- guard, but Ricky made no attempt to conceal the hopelessness he felt. If he hadn't been sure he wanted the car, he was sure now. Now that somebody else would probably buy it. "Fifty's all I got," Ricky said dully, looking at the money in his hand as though it had betrayed him. "Well, if it ain't enough, I guess it just ain't enough." He slid across the seat and got out of the car, his lower lip protrud- ! ing. Merle shook his head. These kids! No effort to bargain. No. brains. He walked around the car to join Ricky. ",Well, it's enough to buy her with, even if it ain't enough to buy her all/* Merle said. "Of course, I hate to do business that way. All that extra trouble and book work, and forms to fill out. . . ." Ricky looked at the coupe, thinking hard. "I'll pay S50 down 'She's a nice one all right," i and the rest a dollar a week.' Ricky agreed, patting the stecr- (To B« Continued) Political Announcement The Courier News is authorized to announce the following candidate for the Preferential Primary July 27. Pot- State Representative Mississippi County H. H. (Buddy) Howard Swing*, Slides, Sand Boxet and Monkey Clirnbi Hub bard Hardware SHADY PARKING Ole Hickory Inn 707 W. 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