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">•«. n, Maion Ctly GUbv-GattlU, Mtica City, U. ETHEL HUESTON -..,..-, ,»o, ay t Publtohtd bir BobbfrMerrlll Dutribattd by Kl CHAPTER 33 found his again. prov£U°° k bettelV> She Said "So V_ „ •no smells good.' a 'I Y ^ s ' I ' tho «ght since the day as Sono, art V, .,,.„,: vvft'd There will be no insurance prob- in the ^ms because all my present poli- -ies are endowment or pay-back ,_ life, with no double indemnity for ,„ •*j" accident. I will maneuver an ab- t>p do you. Smells like bacon soiu tely authentic fatal accident 1 Smells annrt " On mv uractovn 4-7-,'r. M^K^^l,, _i _. has gone so mtarf nit f and to the idea, Jeanie, you will .see it is foolproof. Cowardly, yes, because I am still trying to save face when it should not matter. But foolproof, because it is bound o work. As I see it, ,Donna has ntrenched herself in ' the belief „ hat I enjoyed myself while things _ accident, or a day or so were going on and was only re? e ,,? re> J Wll , x write Donna a letter gretful at being found out. She r#»i I in tf nav* rn A 4-Vti nrte> T t+n «.•»«. 4- *<«.» £i ^u._ u ^ _i j i. .» ^ . place. , . to Donna. I suppose I' but I 'can't do it. I the other do." . "The other? vaguely. <n 0. That's good. That's fine." f , lj ?°, « was not until they had Jw« h 1 d ^T roid - d *y breakfast, after he had looked through the accumulation of unimportant mail and s h?. h ad tidied the dining room and kitchen, that they sat together looking soberly at each other from opposite sides of the fire- ^".ce. 'Do ; you remember what I said l«st night, Jean?" he began. Yes. You said you couldn't talk to Donna about it. You said you would rather die than talk to Donna." .''Yes, that's what I said. Thai's what I meant, Jean. I can't talk 'm a coward . would never nave another moment's happiness, never a moment's unguarded ease, her^presence. I can't do it. But I am quite willing to she repeated "The alternative.- I'd rather die. That's what I will do." The whitening of her face threw the deftly applied rouge into unpleasant focus but otherwise there •was no change in her expression. "People can't just die when they feel like it," she said tonelessly. "Oh, yes they can." His voice was confident. "Certainly they can. I learned • something about expiation last night, Jeanie. I 'had always thought of expiation as a sort .of bitter pill, forced on one, swallowed with painful reluctance. But • I find there is something strangely comforting in expiation. Last night I was so tied-up in knots I thought I could never relax again- as long as I live. But suddenly, when I reached my decision about my expiation, all the knots untied and tightness let go arid -I felt iquite comfortable and «t peace. I went to sleep almost immediately."Jean did not move, made no an- •wer, but her grave eyes clung to his i'ace. He smiled at her. •"Remember, the adage, of our youth, 'Chickens come home to roost 1 ? J thought I realized" the truth of it years ago, during that . time we are speaking of. But now I kno,w ,it was an error of under ' , ,,-• '- , ^— ™ .-•—- ****. MHJ o*J-v.ix w nj * statement. They should have failure, do you?" made it 'clear to us that they keep ^, llc: OV1UU1 ,. on coming home to roost, even might know." — on my western trip. Nobody else will "be involved. And on the day telling her the things I cannot say to her face. Arid you may be sure, ." -___. _„„.„ ,,>,«* ».»,/ «*- UMJ.W) fc*»v. UUlr &MC1L) 11 mi, UclUbCtl HJc Hll~ I_will give you^ full credit, Jeanie, guish. A drastic move like this awaken her to the realization , , for your, steadfast nobility during that crisis. That ought to prove to her that I admit my wrongdoing, that. I feel remorse and that I am willing to expiate it as far as I can." "It is wicked to take life, Alan," she said slowly. "The law does not say so. Not when it is done as a course of justi«e. In essence, I am at the bar of judgment. I plead guilty. The law frequently offers alternative penalties, say 60 days or $60. The malefactor has his choice of penalty. So have I. As I see it, there are alternative penalties in my case; your plan and mine. I choose my own/' "It is a. very harsh penalty for — for what you did." "Not really, Jeanie. Ten years hat I both suffered then and suf- er now. It will prove that I, too, •ealize that the wages of sin have jot to be paid and I do uot shirk he payment. . . . It's foolproof, Jeanie. ... By the way, isn't this Saturday affernoon? How about he Sunday marketing?" "I did it yesterday. I have a ittle chivvying around to do up- tairs." Jean did many things upstairs. >'h'e straightened closets and ihelves and drawers. She put her mmaculate room to tidier rights. She-sorted laundry though it was only Saturday. She stood a long time in Donna's lovely room. It was hard not to feel a great rage against Donna. Donna, at 24, should be more grown-up, should lave outlived her childish fancies. ago I would have had no such " a y e Ouut lived her childish fancies, choice. I had too, much responsi- f hut i s £ e refunded herself fairly Kintir *«„ ~,,i.,K 1. x_ j_ T tnat tnev had enf>rmvaf»»vl hnr? ^ bility, too much work to do. I wasn't ready. Even 2 years ago I wouldn't have felt , free to make this selection. David had died. We did not know how Annette would react to it. And there was David's baby, jl had a responsibility there. Now she is marrying again and marrying well. David 'will have a home and a father. I have already provided for him in my will. And there are very few years left anyhow. I am 65, remember." "It punishes me, too, Alan. A little more than I deserve, I think." "Yes, Jeanie., That is the worst of it. But anything that punishes me must punish you. We malefactors always forget that the penalty falls hardest on the innocent, the 1 ones who love us. Maybe thafc is the penalty for their lov'e." "I would do it again!" she said, with sudden violence. "Right from the beginning I would do it again. But I would try to do better another time." "In a way it will not be so bad for you, Jeanie. You are used now to having me away from home a good deal of the time. You will be here to see Donna back in the right; groove again. Annette and David will -be close. Your friends are here. And it will not be very long. Why, if I dropped dead of heart f ailure tomorrow afternoon, nobody would think a thing of it. Younger men- than I are doing it every day. You don't know of any slick way of inducing heart. She shook her head. "A doctor unto the 3rd and 4th generations Like right now." Still she had no comment. "When you get used to the idea you will realise it is a natural,' he-said, kindly; "And the timing is perfect.. I have to'make a final winding-up trip to Chicago. I have already told them at the office .that I am planning to close out my private investments in the western area, so that will attract, no attention. There is plenty to take care of you, Jean, nicely, the rest of your life. I made my will long ago, so "nothing will have .to be done about that. Again attracting no attention. Thanks to- income taxes, our lawyer already knows more about my business than I do and can handle things for you without any complications. 'No. Mustn't ask questions. That's a dead giveaway. I'll think of something." "Suicide is very cowardly, Alan." "Yes. J admit that. It is both selfish and cowardly. I suppose I always was a coward. I drift into things and then am too cowardly to cut loose and make a clean hard break. But anyhow, this is much better than the other, your plan- I don't see how it can fail to impress Donna with the sincerity of my remorse. It is the best I can do." "We do not have to decide now, Alan. There is no hurry. We musl think it over very carefully. I am sure we can find another way." "No hurry at all," jhe agreec heartily. "But once you get usec DAILY CROSSWORD ACROSS 1. Vipers 5. A box 9. A pace 10. Fills with solemn wonder . 11. Girl's name 12. Tatters 13. Man's name 14. Tumult 16. Apprehended 18. You (old form) 19. Neuter pronoun JO. Talk 21. Greek letter 22. Masticated and swallowed 23. Anger 25. SU11 for ahorse 27. Part of «. window 29. Personal pronoun 31. Advertisement 32. A rough. surfaced, untanned leather S4. Fasten, M an animal 36. Old measures of length J7. Fly aloft 3S.Prepar«for publication S3. Vended 40. Fashion 41. Malt beverage* DOWN 1."Declare 2. Step 3. Ideal 4. Resort 5. Covering- with carpet 6. Merit 7. State flower (Utah) 8. Literary compositions 13. Member of 28. City, SW a Mongoloid Ukraine tribe 28. River 14. The eye, in (Switz.) symbolism 29. Dissolved 15. Portuguese 30. Half «ms coin 32. Kind'of rock 17. Sheep herders 21. Presiding Elder (abbr.) 22. Hewing tool 24. Ornamental screen behind altar 25. Wooden club Aaiwcr 33. Leave off, as a, syllable 35. Instrument 38. Ostrich. like bird 34 37 ZZ 32 27 3* zt 33 29 igured it was the discovery, not he act itself, that caused me an- running the rest of y o u r .life. You've got to face it and take your medicine." "No, but listen, Alan. You won't be running away from anything. You'll just be taking a trip. I will go with you, Alan. We have enough to live on—you said so. You can wind ' up Chicago and then retire. We'll go together on a long, long trip, a year, 2 years. 3, forever if you like. And when Donna, is alone she will just naturally turn to Mark. From force of habit, she will turn to Mark. And you can write your letter to her as soon as we get away. It will be just the same except—" "Except not so final," he finished the sentence. "Not so final. That is your argument pro and it is mine con. It wouldn't be final. I would still have to come back to it." "But not for a, long time, Alan. She would be over it by that time. She would be married and settled and have more sense. She would have forgotten all about it. You always said we would take a long trip together somewhere when you retire. We will tell her we 'are taking that trip, Let's go, Alan." (To Be Continued) New York City has 157 banks and 94 insurance companies. hat they had encouraged, had .oved, Donna's continuing girl- iood, so at variance with her menial alertness and her professional iuccess. Now, it seemed, the only •eal continuance had been her in- ensity of.prejudice with her glad jirlishness to serve as its sheltering mantle. It was late afternoon when suddenly she straightened, eyes mgmening intently, pursed her ips in brief concentrated consideration and then ran lightly dovvn- itairs to her husband. "Alan," she said eagerly, "there s another way. I just thought of t. There is no reason for you to do that. You can just go away for While." He shook his head and smiled at her. "Oh, no," he said, "no running from the'law! mi keep you HAS MOAK- WHICH OCEAW , Al .C . SE/MC* VOlie /MUMSKTAL.LIWAS MOTTO/US T-Q't'CsEAe yOA.H' 1 ' gi"itul« fcy Kir.t Pulum nynj.uir ha Try and Stop Me -By BENNETT CERF- pEORGE HEISTER tells of a lovely young thing in his VJ" home town whose wedding taxed the capacity of the local church. After the ceremony, all her friends rushed up to kiss her. In the midst of this orgy of osculation, she WHAT \ ^O. t^i (*Z\ , suddenly found herself em- DO braced warmly by a total M£Ad BV stranger. "1 never saw' you before," she said indignantly. "What do you mean by kissing me this way?" 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