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Mason City, Iowa
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Thursday, December 30, 1948
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c. 29, 1948 »»i«n CTir aiob«-G»i«M«, Ktion City. Im. BETHEL HUESTON CHAPTER 36 " IT ISN'T my scheme, Donna," S MM., CoUwell. It 'is his. 'j him out of it. I tried _ other plans but he «,^ £ otnin g else would work. He 3?il*|? jy° u y rather be de ad than ° e is g ° ing "You mean you actually roped him into this thing, too?" ™"^ Ut * I u- didn ' t - You can>t blame me for this, Donna. I wanted him to resigu; he says we have plenty to hve on. I said we would go together to some foreign country •and live there and leave you per- iectly free and independent here by yourself and — " "Oh, the U. S. A. is big enough Tor the 3 of us! And I am free and independent now, thank you." "Yes, you are. But we are not, because we are your parents. Anyhow, he said it wouldn't work. He said this plan came to him in the middle of the night. He called it an inspiration. There's plenty lor me to live on and there is no accident insurance invofved, so we will not be cheating anybody. All his papers are in Burgin's hands, so there will be' no complication about anything. And he has already made provision for little Davie." "Mother, I was sorry afterward that I was so insulting to you the other night. I thought I had said too much. Now I know I didn't say enough. This is the shoddiest, cheapest, filthiest trick I ever heard of anyone trying to pull. And I do not believe you ever talked Dad into it, either. He has too much sense. You're just using his absence to try to put one over on me. "Well, you're not succeeding, I assure you." "No, really, Donna. I am just warning you so it will not be too much of a shock when it happens. Dad sat up all Friday night and figured it out. He told me at breakfast on Saturday." "You mean to tell me that you and my father plotted this ghastly hoax as long ago as last Saturday and — never said a word to me — and- let me go ahead — " "Donna, that's the whole point! He wouldn't see you. He wouldn't talk to you. That's why I put 1 you off from coming Sunday— he told me to. That's why he didn't call you." "I don't believe you." "Well, that's all right, Donna. Perhaps I shouldn't have mentioned it. I know he didn't expect me to. But it seemed fairer "Shouldn't have mentioned it! Shouldn't have mentioned it! My father is going to commit suicide and you shouldn't have mentioned it! Not that I believe a word of it." "It seemed fairer to me but perhaps I was wrong again," Jean admitted quietly. "I thought you ought to be a little prepared foi it, before it happens. 'There wil be no scandal about it and it will not hurt the company in any way. He's going to make it look absolutely accidental. But since he is going to tell you in the letter " thought it would be kinder to le you get used to it — well — more gradually — " "Oh, yes. Yes, of course. That's just the sort of thing one gets used to gradually! Your father is going to kill himself so you ge used to it gradually while you wait for it to happen. . . . Mother if you are lying to me, I — think — I'll kill— you." "In some ways you are like you father, Donna. You both think o death the first thing. I never do I thought of everything else bu not that. "Do you mean to tell me, Moth er, can you sit there and look m life, I am not sure but I do now. I could almost—No, I won't say that again!" She stormed upstairs and slammed the door of her room. Roughly she rearranged the articles on her dressing table, jerked at chairs, threw cushions. She snatched up a crystal vase from the desk and smashed it to the floor. She stared down at it, unseeingly, for a long instant and then kicked the pieces aside with one small foot. But she could not stay. Try and Stop Me By BENNETT CERF , in the face and tell me that you and my father sat here for — for 3 days — and figured out how he could kill himself — and make a fool of me?" "Oh, no, Donna. Not that at all. He said he was sure that his letter, and then his dying right away, would convince you that he realizes he made a fool of himself and that he is bitterly remorseful and willing to make what restitution he can. Expiation. That is what he called it. It wasn't to make a fool of you. It won't embarrass you at all. Nobody in the world will know a thing about it. Dad's very careful about working out details." , "When, if you're not lying, is he planning to do this— this asinine thing?" "He wouldn't tell me. He would not tell me where either, nor how he' is going to do it. I think he thought I could act more surprised if I did not know the details." Donna stood up, slim and straight, very tense. "Mother, I— don't believe a word of it but I think the very idea is the most hateful thing I ever heard of and if I never hated you before in my She went downstairs again, not stormily, but slowly almost noiselessly. Her mother had not moved in her chair, had not changed the position of a hand, a finger. "I want a drink," Donna said harshly and marched to the sideboard. "Have one?" "Sherry, please." Donna filled 2 glasses and handed one to her mother. The wine spilled on her mother's dress from ne shaking glass in Donna's and. "Mother, does Mark Banister now about this?" "Donna, you don't seem to get he point at all. Of course he oesn't know. You can't go round telling outsiders anything s personal and private as this!" Donna sat down heavily. Sherry loshed on her dress, too. "Mother," she said, "what did ou do the rest of the weekend?" "We talked a good deal. I kept rying to think of something else le could do but he wouldn't be atisfied. He's quite stubborn about some things, you know. He ussed with his papers part of the ime, though everything is in per- ect order. I tidied up the drawers and cupboards. At night we had he radio on and played pinochle." "You played—you played pinochle with a husband who—was gong to kill himself?" "He wanted to. There was noth- ng else to do." "Mother, will you give me your word of honor you are not lying?" "I give you my word of honor ;hat I'm telling you the exact ;ruth and using the exact words as nearly as I can remember." "It seems to me that for such a devoted wife—and nobody can deny your devotion after all you put up with—it seems to me that for such a devotett wife, over one short weekend you were very easily reconciled to the idea of your husband removing himself from our sphere." "No, I wasn't exactly reconciled. I tried to think of something else. When he flatly refused to go. away with me on a long trip abroad, I suggested that he just disappear out west somewhere , all by himself. I said he could come back when it was over and pretend he had amnesia." "What was .his objection to that?" "He said he would be bored stiff, hiding out somewhere all by himself. He said he would rather be dead." "He would rather be dead than bored stiff." "That's what he said, Donna." "And so you just fell in with his silly plan that Because he had made a fool of himself he should go off and accidentally commit suicide. That is hard to understand." "Donna, that's a little hard for me to understand, too. But In the first place, I couldn't help myself. He had made up his mind. Do you suppose, Donna, that mayhe deep In my hoart I didn't quite .forgive him, after all? Maybe I feel as you do, that I made It too easy for him, that he wasn't punished enough, that he ought to suffer m. little more." "But not death, Mother; Not for that. Why, there wouldn't be any men left at all! You wouldn't want him to die THALLULAH BANKHEAD, back from a long tour in J- "Private Lives," says that reports of the death of show business on the road have been greatly exaggerated. "People are hungry for good plays," avers Tallulah. "It's the stars who are killing the theatre. They get train feick—or they can't leave their psychoanalyst — or they have a radio program three tiroes a week: any excuse to avoid a season of one-night stands. "I don't mind touring. It's true I sat up until five one morning in a Wisconsin crossroad station because of a missed connection—but shucks, I've stayed up later than that in New York, for less reason—and felt worse in the morning!" "The trouble with our school system today," explains Commissioner William Brish, "is that the teachers are afraid of the principals, the principals are afraid of the superintendent, he Is afraid of the Board of Education, the Board is afraid of the parents, the parents are afraid of the children, and the children are afraid of nobody." Copyright, 1948. by Bennett Cert. Distributed by Kinc Features Syndicate. Inc. SCOTT'S SCRAP BOOK BEE-fLES ARE. FEMALES. Xkty REPRODUCE. sy <KE."YIR<;IH BIR-TH* PROCESS KHOWM A: By R. J. SCOn Of A.RE CRAPf DERIVWCi f ROM PtfOeNIClAK DAYS, V/KH EYES -to WARO Off EVIL AMD ARAM'S nORH AS AN AMULCf IKS. COMES FR.OM <rfE. OCEAK JL.ESS 'frlAK 3O f>ER CENf. ~ Wwtd rifttl r BOARD AND ROOM By GENE AHERN for HI" "Oh, no, I didn't. But I couldn't talk him out of It." "Why didn't you have me come home and talk him out of this—this obsession." "Donna, really, you don't seem to get the point at all. He wouldn't talk to you. He wouldn't see you. . . . It's your eyes, Donna." "My eyes!" "Yes. He said he couldn't meet them. He said he could never meet them again if such words passed between you. He has always loved your eyes, you know. I can't remember his exact words. Innocent, he called them, and sweet. Oh, yes—and good. Such good eyes—" "Mother, shut up! For Pete's sake, shut up!" "You asked me, Donna," was the gently defensive answer. 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