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tt, uu MMW Otty CHAPTER 30 S5r!!ffl5?i •*•.••*« when Try and Stop Me — -By BENNETT CERF home." I away to ° close relatives and butm: fwuts; ^r Pe " > anywhere "We could, dress it up with a fct of flowers and things," Red *v™, .^nsidermg it frowningly. You know what we could do Sammy? We could have it after our regular service, so our own ,. ,!^~l m ^ an our congregation— woulo. be, there. No invitations, of course. And we wouldn't announce it in advance. Alter the evening *ervice!» His enthusiasm quickened. We have bigger: and tougher crowds at night. I'll bet some of those mugs never saw a marriage without a shotgun or a cop in attendance. I don't usually believe jn Sunday marriages but it would be quite late in the evening and the Sabbath nearly over." "We don't want a reception," Sammy agreed quickly, "and I had already „ decided, to wear street clothes. My nicest ones, of course. What do you think, Mark?" ' „."* think," he said deliberately, •that you are some couple!" "Does that mean that 'you approve?" she asked doubtfully. "I approve on one condition. One condition only," he repeated sternly. > "Ostensibly you invited me here .today to help you run your lives. I'll settle for running the wedding. I approve, on condition you leave the church decoration entirely in my hands. Every detail of it, down to the last wilted ' rosebud." "We do not want waste or extravagance, Mark," Red interposed quickly. "We just want it to look nice. The church is small but it's clean and white. We want it to look nice, not elegant, not elaborate." New York, Mark, and "this is Friday. There are formalities to be observed. Not more than 3 at the very longest. All right with you, Sammy?" "All right with me, Red," she replied joyously. "Isn't Mark wonderful? Aren't you glad we asked him?" . * * * When Alan Coljwell reached home at 10 o'clock that Friday evening, he sensed from the tightness of his wife's greeting embrace that things were not exactly right arid her first words gave disturbing confirmation. "Alan! I was never so glad to see anybody in my life!" ''•That's nice," he-said pleasantly, easing himself out of his heavy topcoat. "It would be pretty dis^- couraging to be met with 'You again! Why couldn't it have been anybody else?' " Jean's only answer was a breath so deeply drawn as to approximate a sigh. • . "Donna home?" he asked casually. "No. She is working this weekend. She came up Wednesday," /He followed her into the living room where a cheerful fire blazed cordial comfort. "She's all right, I suppose," he suggested tentatively. "Yes." From the thinness of her voice he knew the. trouble had to do with Donna. , They seated themselves in easy chairs, facing each other, on opposite sides of the fireplace. Alan lighted his pipe and got it drawing well. He smiled across at his wife and received no brightening acknowledgment. . . "It's nearly over, Jean," he said. "It won't be long now until you have to pry me out of the house with a, crowbar. We're getting the Chicago office in fine shape. Morgan is a good man. Taking hold of things just right. Couldn't do better .myself. One more trip arid Chicago will be off my agenda, thank God. It's a nice town but I never was so glad to.get rid of J OHN GULDAHL. just back from Tokyo, tells of a Brooklyn corporal in the American Army of Occupation who learned he was going to be shipped back to America, and cried in panic, "I've got to kill me a Jap before I go home, or I'll never be able to look my Flatbush pals in the face again." "Pipe down on that nonsense." advised his buddy, "the war's o v e r. You'll find yourself in the guard house if you don't look out." The corporal was not to be dissuaded. He brandished a slightly - rusted bayonet and charged out of the barracks. Shortly thereafter his buddy heard a great commotion down the street. H* found * Jap. quite dead, in the roadway, and the corporal, seriously wounded, groaning nearby. "Now you've done it." mourned 'the buddy. "Tell me what happened before the M. Pjt find you." "I saw this Jap." explained the corporal weakly, "and I says t» myself. There's your man.' So I goes up to him and cries, Tojo is a low-down rat.' He answers. 'Your commanding general it Un time* worse.' Then. Just as we were shaking hands, a Jeep musta hit us." Copyright. 1948. by Bennett Cerf. DlitribMied by King Feature* SyaAleate. lac. SCOn'S SCRAP BOOK By R. J. SCOTT i "It'll look nice," Mark promised gleefully. "No waste arid no extravagance. Ferns and palms can' be rented and returned. As for . the flowers, I give you my word of honor I will deliver them in person to orphans' homes and hospitals first thing on Monday morning. No, by George, I won't! I'll .have them specially, arranged and after you sail d/>wn the aisle when' It ,is'over, • I Will have a small bunch of flowers for every woman and child in, the audience and a blue ' cornflower ' for '.the lapel of every man. How's that?" "Mark, that's wonderful!" "Not bad, not at .all. bad for- a beginner," Red said heartily. . • "But could'-you get;those things done on Sunday afternoon, Mark?" "Listen, how is .this?" Mark's' enthusiasm was soaring. "How •about getting the palms and ferns all " set ." on Saturday afternoon, ready for your Sunday morning service? Nothing bridal about it, no flowers, just the greens and plants. Give the morning parishioners' an eyeful." • "That's good," , Red. assented. *And at the morning service we will announce that we are having « special evening shindig and invite them all back. And some will come.' r "Will you be-able to preach that day, Red?>' : , "I have sense enough not to try. I'd probably wind up pronouncing the whole congregation husband and wife or words to that .effect. No, I have a pal who will take the morning service — he often 'helps me out. But I'll be there to steer things along and issue the invitation. And I know a man who . will come on from Chicago for the evening service and the ceremony. He's a-great guy. He's, a sort of relative of mine a mile or so removed and we hit it off very- well. 'Surprisingly well, considering that he's a bishop." "Are you sure he will come so far . in the middle of winter?',' Sammy asked. "Yes," Bed said with complete confidence. "Sure you want to tackle . the trimming chore, Mark?" "Yes," Mark said, with equal firmness. "If that isn't left to me, there'll be no wedding, and you •may lay to that. When your bishop ' hits the line, 'Any objections, or hold -your peace,' I'll heckle! I've been wanting to heckle ever since you told me about it. I'll say this couple is. unfair to organized friendship." "O. K., O. K., we're not arguing with you," Red assured him laugh"When?" Mark asked eagerly. "Next Sunday?" - . Red laughed again. "This is anything in all my life. • I'm too old for long-distance .commuting. It meant a good deal to us a few years ago, though, didn't it?" "Yes, she assented. "It Was a godsend then. I'm glad it's nearly over. It was your baby but it's a big boy now." "Yes. And I couldn't leave it in better hands' than Morgan's.. My report on him is top-notch in every particular." "That's good. Alan, I have to talk to you—about something unpleasant. About something we agreed never to mention again as long as we live. Now we have to." "Are you sure we have to talk about it, Jeannie?" he asked quietly. "Yes." "All right, then. If we must, we must." "We must, Alan. On account of Donna." "Donna!" "Yes. She knows about Magda Long. She calls her the red-headed widow. She found out when she was a child and has brooded about it' ever since. That is why .she will not marry Mark. She doesn't want anything to do with marriage. I suppose she thinks all men . . , do those things.". I thought thii new generation was sophisticated," -he skid, speaking carefully and with complete dlipassion. "I thought ,lt was their boast that they could Uke it in their stride." "Not when it Is perienat. Not when it Is someone they love. About hooks and plays they tire sophisticated enough, but not when it hits home." "I am surprised at Donna. She has never, been the broodinf type. Nothing moody or melancholy about her. And she has always been falrrainded and nnpreju- WERE ZOO DA.YS 6F r\£fUAL COMBM" B/ AMERICAN <RooP<. m WORLD WAR.OKE.. , nrfU** K^ rtdYES-f AHP COLPESf-t<X>LS WrftRE A^-flVE VOLCAHOK AMD Hof &PR>H<3S AKE. Mof FAR FROM 3LAOE.RS. Do SPIDERS 0!41LS"f fHElft. Pftt rf WAS DCS 1C K£t> -fo U5£ SIXHPAAP RIFU-. BULV.E<S Pft.OME.MS. BOARD AND ROOM By GENE AHERN diced/ "Alan, this I* * frightful thing to say hut—wo do not know Donna. I wonder K parents ever know their children. Perhaps the more conformable they seem, i the more they are holding back, keeping idden. I tell you we don't know Donna." "Do you mean, Jean, that Donna de- iberately came here and cald these things °"No! i asked her. She didn't want to ell me. I made her." "Ton made her tell yon! lT«u mean yoa i»me right out and asked her?" "Yer." I had to, Alan, it—it has been hell all over again. I thought we were hrangh' With that nightmare and here t. It hack again, won* than ever." "You'll have to tell me about it, Jeanle. Take it as easily »»' you can and don't et it upset yon. B»t • you'll have to tell me." (To Be Continued) Wrl*T NMDULD VOU THINK OP A CHEMICAL MIXTURE THAT COUI-D BE SPRAYED WITH If AN ATOMIZER. INTO THE INTERIOR. OF AN OLD CAR, AND GIVE IT THAT UNIQUE, '";. THRILLINIG SMELL. OF THEIMSIDEOFA NEW CART- THIS CYNICAL,;? CRICKETS ' REACTION \VILL. 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