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Jin. «, 1949 MBMB City OUba-CUietU, Mtivn City, I*. ETHEL HUESTON vtiaae fttSS-,"!'.."!.*-. chance that, with hotel facilities, he CHAPTER FORTY-THREE The evening passed and the next day and they received no word. The agency, failing to locate him in Minneapolis went to work on St. Paul, on the faint overcrowded might have been forced to seek accommodations in the Twin City. They found no trace of him. Yet he had left St. Louis on Monday. Now it was Wednesday evening. And he never stayed long in Minneapolis, never more than a day or so. "I think I know a way we might get hold of him," Mark said at last in unmistakable desperation. "It sounds very silly but it might work. It will make a good deal j of a fool of me and of Donna, too, for that matter. But it just might work." "What, Mark?" Donna's were cold and colorless. lips "It looks like a play to the galleries but we three know it is not that and we're the only ones involved. I know a darned good reporter on one of the big Chicago papers. He's really a feature writer and he is tops. He's on the radio, too. I knew him in the army. He's had two or three small articles about things that happened to me in the war. I, for one, had some ,' good luck in that war and got out of a few tight jams by the skin of my teeth. Not that teeth have skin." "What could he do about Dad?" "Well, if he wrote a humorous article about a certain highly decorated pilot, who got lost three times during the war and found his way out again, and mentioned that said pilot was now stuck high and dry, having bride and wedding cake on tap, but couldn't locate a father to give the bride away Well, it's a lot of hooey, of course, but the press eats that sort of thing up. They'd give it a wide and rollicking spread and radio commentators would pick it up for a laugh and the chances are Dad might come across it. Or some of his Mends might. If one «j paper used it, the others would run it as a rewrite and it would go all over that section like wild- lire." "What are you waiting for?" Donna demanded. "Call him up." * "9ut you see, darling, he would have to use our names, our names and Dad's. It wouldn't be any good otherwise. And. they .wouldn't use it anonymously." "Are you ashamed of marrying me?" He smiled at her. "No, my, my, sweet, but everybody we know will kid the pants off both of us. Can you take it?" , "Certainly I can take it. Are ' you sure your friend will play it up?" "Sure. He'll consider it a favor. He may send us a wedding present. He'll get paid for it, too, and he doesn't write for chicken feed. But he'll make it very ridiculous, Donna, and roast me within an inch of my life. What do you think? Should we give it a whirl?" "Certainly." He looked at Mrs. Collwell. "I don't think Alan would ob' ject to that," she said gravely. "He has a very good sense of humor. He would consider it a good joke 011 you after waiting all these years. Yes, I am sure he would think it quite funny.""Hurry up," Donna said. "It may take quite a while," he ' said. "I may have trouble locating him." "Just get started and stick to it" ^ Mark went to the den and closed the door behind him. Donna and her mother regarded each other somberly for some minutes. "You know, Donna," Mrs. Collwell said suddenly, "Mark is really more .resourceful than I would have expected. David was always so much cleverer than he." Donna rewarded her- with a faint smile, sad, but still a smile ^You are sure Dad will not objed to this?" "Oh, no. I am sure lie will think it all very funny. He does enjoy a good joke. And after he sees that, he will probably never think of asking if I told you about his plan. I am glad oL that, you couldn't really call a lie like tha completely unimportant, you know." "No." Donna sighed wearily "Not completely unimportant." It was nearly an hour later ^ when Mark emerged from the den mopping his brow exhaustedly. "All set," he said. "He's on. He nearly laughed himself sick ove it. Brace yourself for guffaws in the next few days. The New Yorl papers will pick it up, too. Anc to think we can't stick Dad for the telephone bill!" Why not? He never objects to our bill." "He would to this one. And he'd want to know what all the words were about, at so much a syllable. Plus tax. No,. this is on me. It was done exclusively to get Donna married to me, hence chargeable to the groom, like the ring and parson. Getting Dad back is purely incidental." "Completely unimportant," said Donna, and could almost smile again. Doing something, doing anything, made waiting less unbearable. Still the evening was long and dreary and the morning brought no uplift to their jaded spirits. The agency had nothing to report. There was no mail. At 11 o'clock, Mark, himself reduced to a state of abject dejection, made a sudden suggestion. "What do you say we ask Sammy and Red to come out this afternoon? At least, they will bring something fresh for us to talk about." 'Sammy wouldn't come," Donna said. "She never goes anyplace, except, of course, to business and classes and on dates with Red." "She might. Shall I try? I can phone Red. You'll like them, Mother Collwell." "I think it would be very nice. Ask them to stay to dinner. Jusl having somebody else to look at will help a little." "Ask them if you like," Donna said with a slight shrug of her slim shoulders. "I'll bet you a dollar Sammy can't come." "You're on. I'll soon find out." The call to "Red, to Donna's relief, craving an open line to their number, was very brief. "Red? . . . Mark. I'm out at Donna's in New Jersey. Listen, Red, couldn't you and Sammy come out this afternoon and spend the rest of the day with us? I have the car. I'll come and pick you up, anyplace you say." "I can't get hold of Sammy until noon, Mark. I don't know her plans. I'll call you back after I talk to her. But you needn't bother to meet us. We'll bus over and take a taxi. Save time that way. If Sammy can't make it, do you want me to come anyhow?" "Yes. Yes, Red, I wish you would." "O. K. I'll be seeing you. Suppose I don't bother calling back then. If she can come, there'll be of us. If she can't, I'll be a olo. So long." "The bet was on Sammy," Donia reminded him. "I don't know nything about Red except that he loesn't like parties. But I know ammy never accepts invitations unless there's business in the background." "Want to raise the ante?" Mark aid sportingly. "It's worth 2 )ucks of my money." "Done. I want to begin building up a housekeeping reserve against he time my budgets do not balance." Sammy and Re«l came together quite arly in the afternoon and Donna in sud- en shyness left it to Mark to make the introductions. Mother Collwcll," he said, and his pridcful pleasure rave a new lift to his •oice, "this is Sammy Ingram, the future 'ride of the Parish. And this is the Rev- rend Red, Red Islip." Laughter broke the slight tension .mong them and immediately they were eated Sammy launched into a gay re- Ital of the woes of their hall-bcdroomers n the apartment. "We had a conference last night, and •hen I told them you and I are both eaving, Donna, they were simply stricken dumb. But it didn't last lone. They wanted to know who was going to keep things unning, *nd who would keep them on good terms with one another, and who would bring them flowers and fruit from Vcw Jtrsey. They wanted to know a housand things. And immediately they legan reminding one another of their ittle personal peccadilloes and cautlon- ng themselves to step softly and curb .heir eccentricities. And Leda got a liote- jook and began writing down all the precepts we have been hurling at them. She's going to have Joey make a large copy and get it framed for the living room." The telephone rang and the room was electrified Into silence. Mark stopped abruptly mid-sentence. Mrs. Collwcll's bands closed tightly together. Donna, with a despairing glance at Mark, when unsteadily to the den in answer. Not a word was spoken in her absence. They heard the crash of the receiver back onto the cradle and the metallic click of her heels as she inarched back. "Wrong number!" she cried angrily. Mrs. Collwell's hands relaxed again and Mark sighed deeply. (To Be Continued) 1-6, ALU (SOl-F PLAYEF?JS HONEST THEY PLAY = IS JOST A STOP OVER BETWEEN* COUfSTSHIP AfoAH NUMSKUU Try and Stop Me -By BENNETT CERF- nPHERE is a fine monument in Provincetown to mark the •*• spot where the Pilgrims first landed on November 11, 1620. (The Mayflower didn't reach Plymouth Rock until much later.) When Will — Rogers visited Provincetown, however, he gave the Pilgrims scant credit for their achievement. 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