Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on December 31, 1948 · Page 5
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»«*. MSI»B CHr GI»*«-G»i*tt», Mtion City, U. BETHEL HUESTON CHAPTER 37 BONNA went upstairs again and carefully peeked up, with her lingers, the bits of shattered crystal Tiny droplets of blood stained ^ _ nngers. Donna regarded them with frowning puzzlement as if she had never seen blood before. Holding those fingers apart, separate from the others, she went downstairs again. "Now listen, Mother," she said. I am going to believe you. But only because I have always believed you. But since you believe in speaking unpleasant truths, let me tell you this. If you are lying, if this is a hoax, I will never forgive you as long as I live. I will never enter this house again. I will never speak to you again. But until I find out, I'm going to believe you. If Dad thought this thing up, he is crazy. He's out of his mind. We'll get in touch with him first thing tomorrow. If he refuses to come home, we'll notify the police. We'll have to take him in custody. If I have to swear out a warrant against him, I will. Ane don't think I'm afraid of scandal and publicity. I'm not. If he refuses to come willingly, we'll have him brought." "We have to be careful, Donna,' her mother said uneasily. "I know he didn't expect me to tell you Perhaps I was wrong about that If he finds out you know abou this, he's very apt to go righ ahead and do it immediately. He': quite impulsive sometimes. W< ought to let him have all the timi he has left." "I don't understand you, Moth' er. I suppose perhaps I never die The whole thing is, we've .got ti get hold of him, and quickly, be fore he has a chance to do any thing. Now how can we locat ; him?" "I'm not sure we can locate him, Donna. He phoned me Friday. He planned to leave Chicago last night, I think." "Where was he going?" "To Minneapolis and St. Louis." "But which, Mother, which? They are in opposite directions!" "Where was he going first?" "He didn't say, Donna. I don't know." "Where was he going to stop? What hotel?" "I don't know, Donna. I doubt if he had reservations. Some hotel, of course. Maybe he will phone me." "That's right, Mother. Maybe he will. He nearly always does, doesn't he? Mother, how could you ever give in to such a mad idea? Couldn't you see he was out of his mind?" "He didn't seem to be, Donna. He made it seem rather reasonable, although I was entirely against it. He is 65, you know. He said he wouldn't live much longer anyhow. He said it was just like a criminal—no, a malefactor, that's the word he used—a malefactor with alternative sentences: Sixty dollars or 60 days. He used that as an illustration. He said he was exercising his constitutional right to choose his alternative and he chose this. There was nothing I could do about it." "You could have phoned me. "Oh, no, Donna. That's just what he didn't want. He said if you came home unexpectedly he would sneak out the back way and duck Try and Stop Me ve can't find him. And maybe he von't come if we do." "Well, let's get busy. This is Sunday. What can we do today?" "Nothing. The Chicago office is :Iosed." "Why didn't you make me come yesterday? What did 1 care for heir silly party? They only nvited me by accident anyhow. Did lie stay at the Prince of Orange in Chicago?" "I suppose so. He always does." Donna put through a call to the Prince of Orange in Chicago and eventually got the room clerk. Mr. Collwell had checked out on Saturday afternoon. The only for- .varding address he had left for mail was his home in New Jersey. He had not mentioned where he was going and had made no future reservation. "Can you think of anything else we could do?" Donna asked despairingly. "We can't do anything on Sunday. And we don't even know where he was going. We'll have to wait until tomorrow. Would you like a game of pinochle or something?" "No!" Donna shouted it at her. After a moment she asked, curiously, "Who won over the weekend, Mother?" "He did. It cost me 47 cents." "Wasn't he—off his game at all?" "Not a bit. And neither was I. He nearly always beats me." * * * Donna was at the telephone at 8:30 on Monday morning. She called her office and reported that she was at home in New Jersey and would not be in for several days. In response to a polite inquiry as to her health she said crisply, "They haven't diagnosed me yet but they suspect a nervous breakdown and I agree with them. I'll keep you posted as to my demise." She called the apartment and talked to Sammy Ingram. "Sammy? . . . Donna. I won't be in for a few days, Sammy. I'm at home with Mother. Don't bother about any phone calls but if a letter comes from my father somewhere out west, get in touch with By BENNETT CERF- Q UEEN WILHELMINA, who laid aside her crown in the Netherlands after fifty years of rule, ascended the throne at the age of ten. Observing the throng who turned out to watch her coronation in 1898, the youthful Wilhelmina asked her mother, the Regent, "Mama, do all these thousands of people belong to me?" "No, my daughter," replied her mother, "It is you who belong to all these thousands of people." Queen Wilhelmina never forgot this episode. That is one reason why she was the best- loved monarch of her time. • * * Two old men sat in the sun in a very poor section of Chicago. "Such news in the paper." complained one. •'War scares. inflation, strikes, murders! It's enough to make a man wish he'd never been born." "That's right," agreed the other. "But who has such luck? Not one in a hundred~thousand." Copyricdt. 1W8. by Benpett Ceif. Distributed by King Features Syndicate. Inc. SCOTT'S SCRAP BOOK* By R. J.SCOTT DOES BODY •-- A.HE.W . A-L-fifUDE. RECORD 6* 140,000 FEET HAS BEEH SE< BY COR.PS BALLOON MACKEREL- , MASS. off somewhere." "Now, Mother, if he calls up, you tell him to come home. Tell him to come right straight home. Tell him I'll marry Mark. Tell him I'll marry anybody he picks out. Tell him I'm going to keep house and scrub and cook and have a baby every 6 months or so and— That, ought to bring him to his senses!" "It wouldn't be any inducement at all. He doesn't want that. I don't want it. We don't care whether you marry Mark or whether you ever marry anybody. We just want you to believe that, In spite of all the mistakes we made, we think that marriage and home and family are the greatest end most important things in the world. They shouldn't be condemned just because of the mistakes of a couple of fools like Alan and me. With all our mistakes, we still believe in them." "All right, all right! I'll believe in them. I do believe in them. God knows there must be something in them to make a nice sane guy like Dad do a thing like this—If you didn't put him up to it! All right, I believe in them! I'll practice them. I'll do anything. Tell him so and make him come home." "It isn't as simple as that, Donna," her mother, said sadly. "You can't just say you're going to believe in something and then go ahead and do it. To believe in something you've got to have faith in it and you can't force faith where you haven't got it. It isn't simple about Darl, either. Maybe me immediately. I'll come for it. And Sammy, call a conference with the girls and pick out my successor. I'm moving out." "I'm sorry, Donna. The girls will be sorry. I hope everything is all right." "Oh, sure, sure. I'm just going to stay home for a while and take care of my idiots of parents. They can't be trusted alone. Everything is all right." "All right, Donna. And, Donna J) "Soi-ry, Sammy. I can't hold the line up. We're expecting an important long-distance call. I'll take care of my shai - e of the bills till you agree on someone else. 'By now." At 9 o'clock she telephoned her father's New York office and talked to his secretary, who reported that they had received a wire from Mr. Collwell on Saturday, stating that the Chicago business had been satisfactorily concluded and he was forwarding the papers via air. She promised to telephone his home immediately if any further word came from him. With a slight tincture of surprise in her carefully modulated voice, as became the secretariat, she BEJ.IEYL -ffUS ROCK IS FULL oF MA.LFORME.P SPlR.l1" BABIES. OB-DIHARIL.Y N WILL "foUCrt -fUE. SfOHE. Oft IMfc 10*5 ?M*ft» Sr^UA. IM. V«U rifte* KMT*** BOARD AND ROOM By GENE AHERN WHY; MR.. I THREEP, YOU • OVERWHELM ME.'--I AH" FLUB-S GLP'-AWP- • agreed that if by chance he should telephone the office, which was not expected, she would relay the message that he should telephone his home in New Jersey without an instant's delay. "I hope nobody is sick, Donna," she said. "He will be sure to ask." "Tell him you do not k n o w," Donna said curtly. "It's a surprise." She awaited the postman with feverish impatience, hoping for news yet dreading receipt of the fatal letter." "Is he going to send the letter before—or after?" she asked her mother. "He said he might write it the day of the accident, or maybe a day or so before. I asked if he was going to leave it for someone else to mail and he said that would attract too much attention. He was going to mail it himself. So it would have to be before." "You're sure he didn't leave it with you to hand over to me afterward?" Donna said keenly. "No. He didn't write it here. I was rather hoping he would. I thought maybe I could remind him of a few points if he overlooked anything. I remember so well what he told me." Donna raised her eyes dcspairingls'. "You make it sound like a (rncery order,' she aald biltcrly. "What are the names at the hotels -.vheri- he has stayed before—in those other towns, Minneapolis and St. Louis? U'e could wire him there." "I don't remember tlie names, Donna. !).• stayed at so many hotels. And he dWn'l BO there very often and never stayed lonp." "What are the names of the people h» did business with? What companies?" "I really don't know, nonna. He just said he hnd bought shares In something-, or slock. I suppose he mentioned names b«t I really don't remember. 1 know It \cas wheat in Minnesota." "Could we wire the police departments in those cities to check the hotels and Jin* where he Is registered? The police do that sort of thing." "Only when they are looking for criminals. Donna. We couldn't put your father in that position." "I know!" Donna exclaimed triumphantly. "I'll call the Chicago office. He wilt have told them where he w»i go- ins." (To Be Continued) GLA.D I FOUND YOU IN, MR. PLJFFLE/--IVE GREAT NEWS^r-I SOLD THE FORMULA OF MY NEW-CAR. INTERIOR. AROAAATO A FIRM WHO WILL MARKET THE PRODUCT/ IN THIS ENVELOPE GOOD-BYE/I DAILY CROSSWORD ACROSS 1. Young oyster 5. 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Am. yeiterd»y'i Answer 37. Mine entrance 38. Dampens 39. Indian (Puget Sound) 40. Shrub (Jap.) 42. Exclamation of disgust 44. Selenium (sym.) 45. Mulberry Z4 3Z 45 -41 uy HERE'S YOUS YOU MUST BE POLITE AND SAV PLEASE —NOW SAV, v PLEASE GlVb= ME A Piece OP SAY ITS AN AWFULLY SMALL PIECE IVE ME A PIECE OF CAkc "jOueSELF A DOLLAR •SEE, BOB/ TWS UTTLE STONE IMAGE SLID APART WHEN YOU TOSS ED IT TO ME-' JSH'T THAT SOME KIND OF DESIGN CARVED OH THE INSIDE, BRICK ? IT'S A DESISN, ALL RIGHT- BUT ITWNK IT'S MORE THAN IT'S A DIAGRAM 50RRY TO BREAK.THE 5PEUI.OLD DEAR.BLVT CIVILIZATION CRUSHING TOWARD U6 IN SEVEN-LEAGUE. RUBBER BOOTS! RUBBING STICKS WOULD BE MORE BOY SCOUTY THAN SNAPPING THIS LIGHTER/TOO, - BUT I WANT A BLAZE, NOT A MERIT BADGE! VERY CONVENIENT, THIS CAVE!---BUT I THOUGHT YOU'D WHIP UP A HUT OUT OF OLD PALM LEAVES!--I HAD YOU DO THAT IN THE 5CR1PT! LET'S HAVE AN ISLAND HONEYMOON, $WEET'.--YOUS\TWTHECAVE AND LAUNDER MY LEOPARD SKIN WHILE I GO BRING HOME OUR DAILY BREADFRUIT!- -AHI--CIVILIZATION, STAY AWAY FROM OUR DOOR? BRING BACK MY BLANKET INSTANT PA!...OH,PA!I NERVE PEOPLE!! GOODNESS!! MAYBE UNDER lAHJTMlS LOOKS lnOLDrTRED. ICAKT6O] SHOVE IT TMBT1LL.LIFT | MORE LIKE IT. NO FARMER. THERE'S A / tOONE THIS LITTLE BO*. BIG ROCK BLOCKING MO SIGN OF ANY MONEY / AND TWO YET. SOME OLD CLOTHES, I OLD PACKET OF -^^^7^F^=^( PISTOLS LETTERS- SIDE.ROLL IT AWAY: CONTAIN;, Cope; UMB. King Fnium Spidicih; Inc. Woild ligte ratmd. r. I CAN'T FIGURE YOU, REX/ UNTIL TODAY, YOU SEEMED SO PISTANT I WAS AF(?AfP YOU DIPN'T LIKE ME / " BEING AROUWP CELEBPITY LIKE MAKES AN ORDINARY IKE ME A LITTLE SHOULP I SAY... ^SERVED. MAPLE/ YEAH/...I THOUGHT^ MAYBE YOU WERE RESER.VEP....FOR SOMEBODY ELSE/ „ ACE YOU SURE I YOU CAM GET /AWAY FROM YOU!? WORK LONG ENOUGH, PAUL? WHAT TIME DO YOU GO OFF DUTY, BESIPES.YOU WERE PAYING SO MUCH ATTENTION TO OR. DAVIS, I WAS GETTING ) PAUL Iff A MICE SALLY ? i THOU6HT WE /MIGHT TAKE \ MOVIE TONIGHT/ BOY BUT...SHALL]V( I SAY...IMMATUREI1 H A. Cryptogram Quotation JQ GTHHKLN RKHDEK. JQ YQQKT- DYDXJHN GXEO; XHAXD, Y GYH; NXGFEXTXDM, Y TSXEO — FJFK. Yesterday^ Cryptoquote: YOU MIGHT HAVE HEARD A NEEDLE FALL, THE HUSH WAS SO PROFOUND—LEIGH. DiitribuUd by Klnr FrtturM iyrvdfc*t«. IDC. YOUR HIGHWESS,™' KIWff N ASKED ME TO FETCH YOU--/ WHEW HE SAID RIGHT AWAY; HE MEANT HERE COMES HEFTY LEFTY THE KIWG'S ARE YOU WILL I HAFTA CARRY YOU. ? GEE, MISS, I KKJOW WHETHER KIUG CORWY UKESBODY6UA1?D/ i WONDER- OR WOT/ is PPIUCE5S LEETA MINUTE, LEFTY/ . DAV - I'VE- SEEM WANTING TO SPEAK; TO ABOUT JUN' > MISS * Mon-terc WILL GO [ pOf2THE IDE A, AND I'LL \ <3ETTO~THE BIG HOP- — ^ LDAT , AT LAST.: WHAT ABOUP DONTSE.SO UTTERLV RlCKC JUNIE I KNOW IT, MAP/ ANP BY NOW, SNOW ANP SLEET STORMS RCAK TWfOUSH THOSE RAO5BS HOUR ON THE HOUR ' . 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