The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 24, 1953 · Page 15
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 15

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, December 24, 1953
Page 15
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CCAL $10 ton delivered - 2 tons or more (Plus Tax) HESTER'S COAL YARD PHONE 3186 XXXI 'THE silence held- tor a little while before Ben Helm filled it "Thursday morning Mrs. Larkin went to Maudson with a carbon copy of the transcripts of the Jour dictograph records and showed at to him. She demanded that he drop Rahn and get the nomination for her husband. Maudson, of course, told her that she was out of her mind. The odds were against even Rahn, a prominent , congressman, being nominated; ex-en if he wanted to, Maudson couldn't conceivably line up more than the delegates from his own county for an unknown district attorney. She gave him a smug, confident smile and loft. Her next stop was Congressr man Rahn who happened to be in Raventon. She told him to announce that he was withdrawing as a candidate and declare for Larkin. "I wasn't there at the time," Hannah said, "but when I came home in the afternoon I found Father terribly upset." My eyes lighted on the briefcase and slopped there. "Dina had an uncomplicated philosophy," I said. "Nothing was beyond trying for and always worth it. She set'her sights and went after it. A good wife, as they say, who pushed her husband. But she never had any ceiling to her ambition." 1 stopped talking. "She hadn't told Larkin about Ihs records," Helm continued. "' e know from the way he R :?d that he couldn't have known of their existence until that 'day. Perhaps she wasn't sure he'd go along, so she was out to hand him a more or less accomplished fact." The way she had with me years ago when I had returned from overseas and found she had me. But that had been legitimate. The trouble with Dina had been that she had lost her sense of distinction. "Larkin hit the ceiling when Maudson and then Rahn got in touch with him," Helm was saying. "He wasn't a blackmailer. If you prefer, let's be cynical and say that he was a lot more realistic than his wife. He knew that the nomination was out of his reach no matter who backed him, and here was his wife endangering even his becoming a judge by antagonizing Maudson. No wonder he was frantic to get his hands on those records and destroy them." • • • TTIS pipe bubbled, and he paused to empty it. Absently I reflected on how a pipe could dominate a man's personality. 'We know that at 1 o'clock Thursday, after the phone calls from Maudson and Rahn, Larkin rushed home and found his wife there. Their maid tells us that they had a terrific argument. The maid saw Mrs. Larkin running down the street with a briefcase swinging in her hand. She took the briefcase to you." "Why me? She knew I wouldn't for a moment go In for" —the word stuck in my throat— 'blackmail." "As they're both dead, we can only guess. She may have been scared of her husband and rushed to you for protection until she could get her bearings. Or >he found that she no longer wanted to share his bed ynless he was a very important person, and that If he was anything less she preferred you after all. There are other possible explanations. One thing is certain: she wa« set on hanging onto Iliose record! no matter what. They represented power. They would always be /alu:.'.''c, if not then, some, other Jme, (of whaUvtr ih« might I want for herself or a man of hers from influential people like Maudson and Rahn and even Willie Shad. I gather'that she was a single-minded and very determined woman." "Yes," I said. "She would have let herself be hung from a water pipe and stripped and whipped to get what she was after." Hannah smiled with only the corners of her mouth. "But at least I'm a political realist, and I do think 1 have a certain amount of morals." • • • T STARTED to wander away from the table and checked myself. I remained near the briefcase, wondering why neither of them made a dive for it and slammed it to the floor. "While waiting for you sht must have seen Larkin or another man drive up," Helm continued. "She ducked into the cellar and stuck the briefcase deep into the furnace ashpit and shook ashes over it. Not much of a hiding place, but «he had very little time." "It fooled the police," I pointed out "You can hardly blame them. They got here 24 hours after Mrs. Larkin. They were justified in assuming that she still had the briefcase and it would be found when sh* was found; or that she had given it to you, in which case you wouldn't have left it in or very near your house if you had taken the trouble to remove the body. So the police did only a routine poking around, and there's no doubt that the fact that there was still fire in the furnace made them pass it over with little more than a glance. And remember that the briefcase itself meant little to the police at that time. The only people who even today know what's in it ore Waudson and Rahn and Shad and we three and whoever tapped the wire." He paused, "And perhaps Marthi Paley." "I haven't been In touch with her slno» it'i been found." Ben Helm opened the door and ookcd out. "My job's done," he said, closing the door. "But I late loorc ends." <T« B« C*BUau«4) Television- Ton ite, Tomorrow WMCT. Memphis, Channel 5 THCTISDAY NIGHT, DEC. 24 6:00 Evening Serenade 6:15 News Reporter 6:30 Dinah Shore 6:45 News Caravan 7: ,0 Groucho Marx 7:30 TV Playhouse 8:00 Dragnet 8:30 Theatre 9:00 Martin Kane 9:30 Foreign Intrigue 10:00 Playhouse of Stars 10:30 News 10:40 Weather 10:45 Dollars A Second 11:15 George Jessel 11:30 Young America Sings 12:00 Sign Off FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25 7:00 Today 7:25 News 7:30 Today • 7:55 News 8:00 Today 8:25 News 8:30 Today 8:55 News 9:00 Ding Dong School 9:30 Gbmour Girl 10:00 Christmas Day Church Serv, 11:15 Love of Life 11:30 Shopping At Home 12:00 News 12:15 Farm News 12:30 Garry Moore 1:00 Homemakers Program 1:30 Search for Tomorrow 2:00 Big Payoff 2:30 Koto Smith 3:00 Welcome Travelers 3:30 On Your Account 4:00 Atom Squad 4:15 Gabby Hayes 4:30 Howdy Doody 5:00 Mr. Single 5:05 Music Shop 5:20 News & Weather 5:30 Evening Serenade n:45 Hartoons 6:00 Football This vvfeek 6:15 News Reporter 6:30 Eddie Fisher 6:45 News Caravan 7:00 Dennis Day 7:30 Life of Riley 8:00 Big Story 8:30 Hopalong Cassldy 9:00 Cavalcade of Sports 9:45 Greatest Fights 0:00 Letter to Loretta 10:30 News 10:40 Weather 0:45 Hit Parade, 1:15 Hollywood Movie Theatre 2:45 Sign Off SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2« 8:45 News & Meditation 9:00 Tootsie Hippodrome 9:30 Ed McConncll 0:00 Captain Midnight 0:30 Pride of the Southland 1:00 Big Top 2:00 Cowboy G-Men 2:30 To Be Announced 2:00 Film Featurette 3:00 To Be Announced 4:00 Super Circus 5:00 Sounistagc 5:30 My Little Margie 6:00 Ramar of the Jungle 6:30 Lone Ranger 1:00 Bonino 7:30 Amateur Hour 8:00 Show of Shows 9:30 Pride of the Family 0:00 Wrestling !:00 News 1:10 Amateur Night at the Handy 2:05 Sign Off NATURAL GAS Heating and appllancei. 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