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27, CUy GUbe.Gaiette. Mis.n Cily, U •L. BETHEL HUESTON CHAPTER 34 and took vyi rci'V VtMM .J i ---» i-w.iv mj tote th. !£ '• d " win S her down «iwj. tne chair «?ifVi v,;w. inin-.i Wlth him - « tounsts, not fugitives. As tour- we would have fun. As fugi- , begin to regrets each "Not Alan." tf we were together even if we were together . Jn1 °, re , iif we were together shouldn't know how things '•going with Donna, that she unvf'- would be in constant uncertainty and doubt. We -woulc always be thinking she m°ght S a ? d we were not here would have it hanging over y and ni 2ht, that unless I t you enslaved with me away worn home, I would still have to come back and face those accusing eyes." " Buthey be accusing, . — ----.-,, >«.jL4j.v*ii i. ue itemising, Alan. Not if she understood and vyas happy — and gave up her strange ideas." ''But we would never know whether she understood, whether sne was happy, whether • she had given up her strange ideas." "Oh, she would tell us, Alan. Her letters would tell us. Once ?ne got rid of—of these terrible thoughts—of course she would tell us.' "She hasn't told us much- these last 8 years, has she? No, Jeanie, believe me, you will be much happier nere. Right here in your own home. Where you can know what comes to Donna and help her as much as possible." "Alan, I—I feel very angry at Donna. It—it all seems so—so fantastic." "Yes. It did to me last night. In a way it still does. -But that doesn't let me out, Jeanie. It doesn't let either of us out. We fell down on our job, fell badly. We should have been too careful to be fooled by a smile that cloaked a sneer and a smirk." "Sometimes I have very wicked thoughts, Alan. Not only about this. About other things. Do you remember," she went on. speaking hurriedly, "when it was in the paper 3 years ago that Magda was very ill in California with pneumonia and recovery was doubtful? Alan, I did not want her to recover. I hoped she wouldn't. If I had dared I would have prayed that she would die." "Why, Jeanie?" He.was surprised and puzzled. "It was all over then. You knew it was all over. She was less than .dust to me. She was anathema to me." "Yes, I know. It was because she knew, Alan. I always so hoped nobody knew. Magda and I, of course, but nobody else. And so—I really hoped she wouldn't keep on living. Then I would be the only one. At. least, I thought so then. I didn't know about Donna." "I'm sorry, •Jearrie," he said huskily. "I suppose I've had a guilty conscience ever since," she said more lightly. "Anyhow I'm glad io get it off my chest. She didn't die and I do not'Care now." The weekend wore itself away. Jean was shocked and somewhat terrified to discover that, confronted with an upheaval so cataclysmic, there were so few details to be ironed out, so few subjects requiting sustained discussion. Alan reminded her, rather humorously, that it was the phi. losophical approach to existence Prepare for life but be-ready for death. He was gratified to realize that, without having seriously .contemplated this eventuality, the general map of his life was in such complete conformity. . The plan, according to his reasoning, was simplicity itself. His affairs were in order. He would go to Chicago a little in advance of schedule but reasonably enough since only final formalities remained to be put in the record. He would ask for a couple of weeks off from the New York office to dispose of his personal holdings in St. Louis and Minneapolis. This, too, was reasonable. Since he would no longer be making his westward treks with such regularity, it was no more .than the part of wisdom to liquidate his investments there, especially at this time when liquidations were easy and profitable. From this trip he would not return. Jean suggested a compromise. Since lie objected to what she called a long-promised tourist trip in foreign countries and to which he referred with some hauteur as fleeing from justice, he could write his letter to Donna and then quietly disappear. Not into eternity. Just into open spaces, somewhere, comfortable, somewhere sale, alone, without her. He couic communicate with her privately This subterfuge would just as well elfect their one set purpose, the salvation of Donna. His disappearance would be as convincing as his death. She went so far as to plot his logical return after Donna had come to her senses and was happily married. Amnesia. Lots of people did it. And could one question a victim of amnesia? Alan would have none of her compromises. "You mean I am just to vanish somewhere all by myself and not see you any more? And not come home?" "But not forever, Alan. Just till Donna is straightened but." n fjatly. ,,, be dead >" he s a "BeUeve me, Jeanie, I'm >„ , " •"* T ** *«*«-| v crcui^j JL 11 giving myself the easiest out on this. What would I do with myself, sticking it out in strange places among strange people without you? I would be bored stiff. Id rather be dead. Besides," he argued more logically, "a mere disappearance would necessitate investigations, poli.ce inquiries, search for a missing body. The company would not like that Neither would I. Besides, suppose they found me. What could I sav then?" . Having committed himself to a line of procedure so entirely alien both to his pwp nature and to all his preconceived ideas of correct behavior, Alan took a certain satisfaction in working out minor details, polishing up fine points, perfecting his plan. "I never set myself up as a perfectionist before," he. said, with an odd admixture of humility and pride, "but this is going to be the perfect suicide. Nobody but you and Donna will ever know. And if this doesn't jolt her back into her senses, nothing ever will." As if it, were a new game, he toyed with it constantly, fitting small pieces together, rubbing off rough edges, and in spite of the underlying sadness there was humor in the doggeduess with which 'e worked at it. Jean complained once' that he actually seemed to look forward to the status of being dead and he admitted that it compared favorably with other eventualities he could mention. "I never thought much about aeing actually dead before," he said interestedly, "and it is not as formidable a prospect as I would lave anticipated. ... It will certainly set Donna back on her feei." "You will not be here to see it, 5 ' ;he reminded him. "No. Not'here. But I shall be aware 'of it." Jean offered no further protes- :ations but her eyes were moody and reflective. Qften she stopped abruptly in what she was doing, hands motionless, .lips tight, eyes veiled behind grimly lowering lids. ; You will be in Chicago several days," -she said at last. "And then you will be in those other towns quite a while, too. St. Louis and Minneapolis. Alan, is there any reason why, during all those days, I should be kept in constant expectation of bad news? Do I have to anticipate 'it every hour of jvery day? Won't you try to make t easy for me?" "This sort of thing cannot be made very easy, Jean," he said. 'But I will do the best I can. What have you in mind?" "Keep in touch with me. Phone me. You often call me long dis- ance, so no one would think any- ;hing of that. Phone me 3 times. So I do not have to watch the clock'every minute and my heart will not stop beating every time ;he doorbell rings, phone me at east 3 times. Then I will not have o begin counting minutes -until after the 3rd call. If it takes longer o dispose of the property than you hink, phone oftener. You can tip me off vyithout giving anything away. Just say, 'I will phone again n a few days. 1 That way I will not have to be- watching the clock every minute of every day while 'ou are gone. That is only fair, Alan." "Yes,'thai l« only fair, Jean. And I ircmlae. It may t*ke quite » while, ftt- inr things «ound up properly and here is no use keeping you in suspense nneccssarily." "Mark is to have it «ut with lonna," she said. "Mayfce he can brine er to her lenses. Realization of love. he »acredne*s of love, that Is all site, teds. i\Tayfe« he will break down and lake such violent love to her that she will realize how immense lave in." ; "I can't imagine Mark being very vio- ent," Alan said dryly. "And after whstt's leen going on for 8 years, I e»n't imagine Donna falling far It, either." "Mark is changed somehow," Jean said. I don't know Just what it Is, I can't tut my finger on it. but he is chanted. I hink that Sammy Ingram has something • do with [t. She and that man . . . Alan, •ou remember I told you that sometimes have very wicked ideas. Well, I thlnk f Mark—welt, if he really hurt her, If e struck her, if he did something really | urnial to her, maybe it would teach her , something about the terrific ferocity of : | human feelings." i 'I wouldn't count on it." he Try and Stop Me By BENNETT CERF- — P % i/i**^ i -snethintlj-. "Hot Han't Jierin worrying as i soon as I jo, Jtanie. I'll keep in'touch with ynu. I'm not Itoinc to be in any bnrry about this thinf. It's rot to be done i rlfht. I will phone y»u at least a times. 11 d» not know when it will be. where it will bi nr how it will be. I don't c»re. But yoiTH see in the end, Jean, that I am i rlrht about It. Andl when t get the nice i (Teen to-ahead. I'll be ready for it." | "It will all take time. Alan. Remember your promise. Three times, at lent three times, you will phone me." "I may make it 4 to get »ny money's worth," he satd (oodnatnredly. "You have m rery nice telephone voice, Jennie." (To Be Continue*) T OU LITTLE, Columbia's great football coach, once kept IT i\ s lu , mmox on th e squad all season in the vain hope that he could teach him the fundamentals of blocking and tackling. His varsity line averaged 168 pounds; the iummox weighed 210. "All that beef going to waste," Little would moan. But the lummox, patient, willing, eager to please, simply couldn't learn. In a akull practice before Ihe season's flnal game with Dartmouth, Little suddenly pointed at the lummox and demanded. "You. there! What would' you do if we had the ball on their five-yard line, fourth down, and thirty seconds left to play— with Columbia trailing by two points?" The lummox pondered briefly, and then answered, "I'd move down to the end of the bench. 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