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Mason City, Iowa
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Wednesday, December 22, 1948
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**««• 21,1948 Mmt«B city GI«b«-G»*tU. Msi.n City, la, • __ ^II^LHUESTON and _ small table up by and where a . Mark "Tenet : flu; P leas ^ably. it works." brother, waved them to chairs at " > so we id once we in the perc, not be et started, will you, f~f • — •«.»*• ^V;A ' Sammy? Soup's on." i n c h e o n consisted of .toasted-cheese sandwiches . bacon - n ^- green salad in a handsome bowl, pastries, fruit and coffee Red, still in chef's cap and apron, paused briefly beside Sammy's chair and touched her hand, lying upturned on the table men he sat down and swished open his napkin. " I ? on>t1 you ask the blessing?" Mark asked interestedly. Red hesitated momentarily then answered frankly. "Publicly I do whenever I am asked. Privately I say a silent thanks before each meal and about a thousand odd times a day. I'm a very grateful guy; I ve got so much to be grate- T U i-^l And T did think thanks. dld Jt wher * I touched Sammy." Do you mean you disapprove of public blessings?" Mark's interest^was that of complete sincerity. No, I approve of them. But they make some people feel self- conscious and awkward. And public .blessings like prayers, are spoken half to God and half to the audience. There's a formality about it. When Sammy and I are alone we hold hands for a second thinks least, I his private think thanks. . know what Sammy and each thanks. At I do not thinks." "You never will know," Sammy said. "My private thoughts are strictly private." "What did you mean when you said you do your homework on Friday?" Mark asked. "Do you mean studying for your classes?" "Partly. But for the most part I work on my speeches and sermons and map out my program for the next week. I check over my classwork for the next week, too, the classes I am teaching. I do the whole week in advance." "Do you write your sermons?" "Sometimes. Just for my own clarification. I do not read them. I've really plugged at extemporaneous speaking which isn't extemporaneous at all because you have it down pat jn your mind beforehand. Extemporaneous speaking is just a close co-ordination of mental and vocal processes." "And you would ask my advice!" Mark scoffed. "But it worked! I'm stuck-up as the dickens about it." "He doesn't think we mean it," Red explained to Sammy. "Sammy, go ahead. You ask him." Sammy clasped her hands together, palms upward, on the table and leaned intently toward Mark. "Mark," she said, and her voice was excitingly breathless, "Red and I got the idea the other day that you think we made a mistake, waiting so long to get married, that we are making a mistake now, waiting another year." Mark was disconcerted. ."I don't remember that we even discussed it," he said. "We didn't. But Red and I got that impression. Is it correct?" "I'm — uh — that is —" Mark floundered while Sammy and Red waited silently. "I'm not an extemporaneous speaker," he said defensively. "My mind and my tongue go shooting off in opposite directions." "No hurry," Red said kindly. "We'll wait till they get back on the same track." "At first," Mark admitted reluctantly, "just at first I thought you were taking an awful chance, waiting so long. Suppose one of you had changed your mind! So many people do, you know. But I realized almost at once that was nonsense. You are sure of yourselves. Or maybe it's just that you love each other enough. But .knew there wouldn't be any mind changing." "So then you decided that are right to wait?" we Sammy just prompted gently. Mark moved uneasily and his brows fretted. "Well, not exactly. I couldn't get it out of my mind. 1 still can't get rid of the idea. I wake up in a cold sweat thinking about it. My God, suppose something should happen to one of you and after all this love, all this working and waiting, you never should have any marriage at all! Accidents do happen, happen to the best people in the world, too. It puts me in a blue funk thinking of the possibility." There was a long stillness in the big kitchen. "If we knew, all 3 of us," Red id at last, speaking gravely, that, as you say, something would happen to Sammy or me inside of a year, you would consider it the greatest pity of all that there had been no marriage?" "Of -course," said Mark. Wouldn't you?" Sammy and Red smiled radiantly and nodded approval, one to the other. "Good," Red said. "Now we're getting somewhere. talked it Sammy and over. In fact, we've , talked about little else. We knew you felt that way. And the more we talked about it the more we wondered what the devil we are waiting for. We're both right here. It wouldn't disrupt anything. We spend all our spare time together anyhow." "It wouldn't even upset our budget," Sammy added. "We know that 2 cannot live more cheaply than one, but certainly 2 can live together more cheaply than 2 apart. It will probably mean money in the bank for us." "And Sammy could get used to having me around before we buckle down to the church business. Taking on me and a church simultaneously would be quite a chore for the frivolous brat. And it will probably take at least a year for me to get used to having Beauty in Person around the house day and night." "It would take me forever," Mark said fervently. "I'd be afraid to draw a. full .breath for fear it would melt away into thin air and I would find it was all a dream." "Then you seriously advise us to quit stalling and — well, get ourselves married?" Sammy asked, "I couldn't advise you," Mark remonstrated. "How could I advise you?" "You don't have to, Mark," Red said dryly. "You have." , "I only said what I thought," Mark reminded him. "That's what I mean." Mark was amused to learn that In the brief 48 hours that had elapsed since their former meeting, they had covered the entire subject with characteristic and enthusiastic thoroughness. They had agreed that there was plenty of room for Sammy in Red's big barn of an apartment. "It isn't very honeymoonish," Red admitted. "But nothing else is available and I have another year's lease on this." "You'll be surprised how bridal- izing a few rugs and curtains are," Sammy commented sagely. "You can bridalize the bedroom and kitchen all you like," Red told her. "But spare the town hall. Don't forget my hoodlums. They feel at home here. I don't want them to turn self-conscious on me." "The sooner they get over being self-conscious in the presence of rugs and curtains, the better," Sammy said. "But we'll be gradual about it. I will move in on them doily by doily, as it were," They had discussed tentative dates. "The first 2 weeks in July is the practical solution," Sammy said, "We have already planned to take our vacations then and we always vacation together. By making it July we can incorporate honeymoon and holiday. Besides, June is the bride's month and I can model enough trousseaux to talk the couturieres out of my own." "July!" Mark protested. "Why, July is 6 months away!" "Neighbor!" Red, beaming broadly, thrust his big hand across the table for a hearty shake. Sammy laughed. "Red, don't yon try to fftve Mark the Idea that all this procrastination was my Idea; Red outlined tils program to me and I said all right. But If he had suggested that we elope From college I would have chucked my books at the dean's head and raced Red off the campus." "It was the war threw us off schedule," Red admitted. "I hadn't counted on that. We'd have been married years ago If they hadn't chucked their war Into our ipplecart." "We could take the rest of the day off and pop down to Maryland this afternoon. I have the car," Mark suggested hopefully. The place as well as the time had been dlscasjed. They did not want a wedding but they wanted solemnity, they wanted a background of spiritual quiet. "Little Church Around the Corner?" Mark hazarded helpfully. 'We spoke of that," Bed said. "Too much publicity stunting. We are very private." "You, probably will not approve of this, plark, you're so conventional," Sammy said with some eagerness. "But It keeps bobbing up in my mind and I can't get rid of the Idea. In fact, I do not want to get rid of it. It's not a very churchly place. It's small and out-of-the way and nothing ritualistic nbont It. I'm speaking of Red's little chapel an the water front. Red has done a swell job there and It mean) something vital to as. And w« 40 not want an elegant wedding. Joit quiet. Solemn." (T* Be Continued) Try and Stop Me By BENNETT CERF AT the Merchandise Mart in Chicago they tell a story ** about the section of Heaven reserved exclusively for salesmen. The successful ones are gathered in Anteroom Athe failures in Anteroom B. ' The failures sit down to dinner at eight. 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