The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on September 17, 1930 · Page 9
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 9

Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, September 17, 1930
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f he Bes Moines-'Bepublican, September 17, 1930 Beggars ; CAN Choose Margaret Weymoulh Jackson Ooprrlght by Bobbs-Merrlll Co. Wtm S6rvl<i» SYNOPSIS tX— Unconscious, Er.nes- tln« Is taken to a hospital, where Will. sent by luring', finds h«r, After a night of anguish the baby is born nnd Ernestine's recovery assured. Will Joins Pools In opening an independent studio. Which promises to be successful. TJjs Todd's take up their life again. I* CHAPTER Sf— Prole's lack of Interest in the new venture threatens tp wreck it. Will has a xlaSpn of. Buccfigs as a painter, the dream or Ms life. Poola, on the eve of giving uo his work and golnsr to Florida, Is forffia dead in tho studio. K fiaAMSR #f— $ool?s Heath causes the closing of the studio. Financial difficulties again confront Will and Ernestine. She frets und becomes Irritable, but Will seemingly is little disturbed, Occupying himself with work he does not Set her see. with the children. Ernestine goes to visit tlv6 Fn8- tano's at Langley lake. Before they • leave, Will, feeling they are drifting apart, seeks to reach an understanding With Ernestine, without telling her of his aspirations to become a painter, but has little success. • \Contlnued from lact-- Wednesday.) -• •afornptry srre was conscious of an upsurging of patriotism. Her own people — her own klndl Americans, strong, decent, successful, ardent and clean. Kind— kind. Incapable of 'murder and plotting. These foreigners looked upon them all as fat geese to be plucked and did not understand the courage, the cleanness, the strength of kindness. She hated them with n furious hatred. The compulsion to be rid of them— of all of them, and Will as well — came upon her. She was crying terribly. She ran back down the beach path and came to Lorlng playing In the water with Elaine and Peter. "Get the boat," she Bald sobblngly, "I will BO with you," * * * » * * , It was wonderful to relax in the comfort and security of home again. The children went 'off happily with 'old Annie, who hod cared for Lillian and .Ernestine when they were small, 'and '.who had always 'Stayed with 'mamma, a privileged member ;of the household. .Lillian scarcely left Ernestine's "side a moment Papa planned 'Bof fly about 'going Into Chicago In €he 'morning, 'to 'B&' through to, a finish the details 'of 'the trust funds for bis two girls, ''Lorlng kept "' ' by •..^.i the taWe ^at 'the 'far -end 'of the, long .-porch.- " Ernestine 'wan almost asleep, relaxed and comfortable 'In her body for the first time In 'many weeks, 1 and she was almost Inattentive 'to papa's voice going gently on 'with plans. •1 will deed the .Sheridan road house ovor to you, darling. Mamma Und 1 will be In New -York roost of the time, but when we are in Chicago •we will stay there with you. Lorlng told us that you woul'd come back. sooner If I withheld your settlement." ' Something clicked In Ernestine's mind— a small sound, as* though a lock had been unbolted. But ' she went on to sleep calmly enough.'tarrylng down - vith her Into unconsciousness . her •trouble and her pain. Lorlng said she would come back— papa had been so willing to obey her wish, about not having her money, because Lorlng said she would come back the sooner, She slept deeply, all through the Idfag evening, all through the night. It was the first clear flush of dawn when she awoke, sat up under the light cover that mamma had thrown over her there on the porch swing and looked out across the water. She awoke with a conviction. She could not do this. She could not • leave Will. It was Impossible. By what route she had come to this conclusion she could not have told. But tn her sleep her true nature had asserted itself and her mind was fixed. She had done what she had resolved never to do. She had denied her mar- rtage. • ' ' "Oh, not I— not my true self— not my heart I" she whispered. "I never <Jld deny Will nor my love. I'll go back today— to be his wife for ever— no matter what comes." She felt calm and strong now and could look with Impersonal horror upon her defection, In the clear light of morning, filled as she was with the conviction that she must for ever choose Will against all the world, further understanding came to her. AH these months that she had been hating Will and sieving him and reviling him and saying such cruel things, it 'bad 'been .a deep unknown 'desire for her wether's home which goad.ed her, It had been -rebellion aralnst tbe .continued humiliation of poverty ftnd Disappointment that their hopes and plans had not matured this time Into success. All her mental processes seemed loosened, open. Now from some canny Jnatinct she wa» presented wltii a new enlightenment. She was— she had been— worse than the «'glmuie" women. She had been for months under the 'domination of a bitter Jealousy of his , worjj. She had been wounded because Ms activity was secret from her. She h«d loathed the mistress that he fol- lowech-hls <wn career. So, wanting him. to, succeed and to earn money, she 3u| not wanted Ww possessed wltli preoccupation of sucn processes, i»w I* W8 im tliat lpwar ' WW» li wo™ obnoskms to prWe than another *W be-that love at iwt in born of having ftfted Will, fiiTHtenitdlS, It tflrt In cot- clflslye act, she could reach a place on widdJ to plant her feet for ever, as far as he and she were concerned. "What have t to do With his work?" The answer to this question In the cleftr logic of her mind released her for ever from the pfttty Jealousies of the artist's wife. The answer was "Nothing." She had nothing to do with his work at an. It was his own, nnd she must know It. The old unity she had wanted to preserve was possible only as n kind of over-unity, not going Into details. It was the ground on which love placed Its feet, the sk.v above love's head, but not the Secret of the habitations of the soul. He could not bear a child for her, though his love conceived It. And was not the business of bringing forth something new and bright, even if It were but a comic strip for the daily papers, ns secret and silent n process as that In which she was now ngnln engaged? They all knew she was to bear another child. But no one intruded upon her privacy save fry the most discreet and apologetic kindness". And might not the creative processes of artistry be as secret, as Involuntary? She had been resentful as petty meri were sometimes resentful of a woman's preoccupation and distress In maternity, Will had been natural with JlS'j casunj gjifl kjnd ? anj §1^ could o'Scord him the s'affie courtesy. Sne wept afresh, but not the dreadful scalding tears of the day before. These were unselfish thanking tcnrs distilled from a heart grown calm and good again. "0' God, help hie to be n good wife- help me to be a good wife to Will, O God. Help me to understand him, to grow -and change when life demands It of me. Help me to be a good wife." She went to the desk 'in the corner and wrote a telegram; "I have left Pastano's, and am at mamma's cottage with the children.. I'leose come and get us today. — Ernestine." . . .She wakened old Annie, gave her money and sent her over to the hotel with the message. »••'*• » * '• * They had a long talk on the beach that afternoon. Ernestine tola. Will everything, all that she had thought and felt, nil that had happened the day before — Lorlng's talk with her, the murder car at Pastano's, her revulsion of feeling, how she had come home, and ho\v, in the night, while she slept, everything hod straightened out for her. Will lay beside her In silence, bet hand In his, and again and again as she talked her fingers were pressed against his lips. They were back again In the cradle of love — rocked In mnglc which overcame alt '.difficulties and healed' all misunderstandings. He told her then about himself and about what lie tad been through. "I've made ten or eleven different developments of Poole's cartoon, alter-: Ing them nil, and I've made each one up for about six weeks, and planned- the continuity out beyond that time, but I can't sell them. When I sat down to write to you what was there to say? I would resolve to try again, hoping to ^uve some wonderful news for you. I've not been eating or sleep- Ing— I missed you so, and I repented so my - selfishness with you,, and my attitude toward your family. I've not been reasonable, or fair — or generous. I felt that you were slipping away from me, because I couldn't hold you —because I didn't rate you." These pictures moved Ernestine profoundly, Weeks of work, and nothing sold. The fear of losing her and the children, and the need to stick at the thing he WHS trying to do until ihe did It. She could feel in him a sharp pain of restlessness and discouragement, and her love poured out <on him. "Darling— It doesn't matter. I 'Can stay here with mamma- all summer. She understands. I can "stay liere until you get your comic strip right. They understood that ttfs you .»nd U together always, Will.** "Don't cry, darling." "It doesn't mean a thing," she tdld him and added wltb some whimsicality, "It's my condition, darling. I am simply weepy, and when I think how 'near I came to doing something that would have ruined all my life and yours—" "You couldn't— you didn't— snot .even nearly, Ernestine." Peter had come up to them; -and, seeing his mother's tears, "lie began to wall loudly, and Elaine crowded close and thrust out a trembling Up. Will drew their attention from Ernestine, and gravely, abstractedly, he 'began to amuse them. Be marked out tbe old familiar squares, "Mnke a cat, Daddy— make a cat," commanded Peter, and Will, listening to Ernestine, but only half attentive, begun to put down the cats that I'-eter loved so, the .squares for a drawing board, a bit of stick for a pencil, the firm 'wet sand making a good plaque, The child screamed with Joyous mirth, anil Elaine, beside him, clapped her bauds with delight. "Tubby cat's got his head stuck to a tin can. Look, Mammal" Will's attention swerved from Ernestine. He sat staring at what lie had drawn, us though at a stranger's work. His face wore a startled look. The small squares, In which two ridiculous cats went through a ridiculous adventure. Suddenly lie leaped to his feet and gave a whoop which a Comunche Indian might have envied, "Don't worry— our fortune Is made. Can't you see — there It Is. Not Mr. I'oole's old comic strip In any way, shape or form, but my owu darned old, cats? Even the children can see It. Trust me a few days longer." The cuts were a great success. When fall came Will was working on tho Sun again, In Mr, Poole's old office, under a three-year contract. The cat drawings were valued at sixty dollars u strip the first year, «nd wore the second and third. Sis days a week at sixty dollars a day. A full page for the Sunday supplement, la colors, at a special price, The tide of money and prestige poured In on them In a startling way. The movie people wade attractive offers. Will knew how to make animated movies. (Continued Next Wednesday). SUNDAY, S American Legion Airport A T C* (\ TVT A 2 Miles West of Algona, Paved Highway 18 jfl- lJ \J W 11 jfl A Speech by Hon. L J. Dickinson at 1 P. M. THE AIR PROGRAM STARTS AT 1:30 P. M. OX 5 Race'vMonocoupe Race Free for All Race^Bomb Dropping Contest, Stunt Flying Contest "i* Also Glider Demonstration Licensed ships will be at the field all day to carry passengers. Tickets will be sold by members of the Legion and the Auxiliary, Something different in airplane exhibitions, The greatest show of its kind ever held in Northern Iowa, Don't forget the date and place-vLegion Airport, Algona, September 21 Adults 5Oc, Children 25c •• Under Ten Free Cars Parked Free The management urges you to buy tickets early as Highway Commission will permit no parking on road to Air port, the u. p J ob estimate 9*4 yow Bancroft Theatre Being Decorated. Harry Baker' ana Ills men are at Bancroft this week decorating the interior and painting tbe outside of the New Star theatre which is being remodeled and Improved with sound picture equipment, It will be some time before the theare is ready for tho opening performance and no date has been announced. First Lutheran Church. Sunday school ai ten a. m, ' eight p- W'-'-O' B« Piston, SWEA CITY NEWS T&t. and Mrs. P. J. Heiken were Minneapolis visitors during the week. W. E. Carlson was a business visitor over the week end at the Twin pities. Thos. Pretty and family of Arm* strong spent Sunday with friends at Swea City. Mrs. Buell Johnson and daughter, Phyllis Bee, spent tbe week with relatives ftt Kue Eftrth- Mr- %Q{| !&§, H. T- Winter jilt early Sunday to spend the week with relatives at Freeport, Illinois. Mrs. Anna Griffith, and Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Griffith and children visited with relatives at Hawarden Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Myron Johnson and family and Mrs. Anna Larson spent Sunday at the home of County Agent Morrison at Algona. Misses Elna Berg- and Esther Anderson left Monday for St. Paul to again take up their work at the Gustavus Adolphus College. They were accompanied by Mrs. Anna Berg. Sunday was Homecoming Day at the Methodist church with a record attendance. A picnic dinner was served at noozi and special services in tho afternoon brought out a large attendance. Swea City will formally open then 4 paving with a celebration on Friday afternoon and evening. Plans are being made to have the Estherville Drum and Bugle Corps, Mason City Drum Corps and the Algona Military Band also severla speakers. A pavement dance will be held in the evening. All are welcome. Swea City will be prepared to entertain all who come. Omar Foster, who was seriously in- jured ns the city paving job was being completed by a, hopper of crushed rock falling on him, was able to be taken to his home in Sioux City. Ha suffered four fractured ribs, and internal injuries. He was cared for at the P. W. Larson home with Dr. C. W Lundquist in attendance. Mr. Foster received many courtesies from tho people of Swea City for which h e was truly grateful, and he left many friends who trust he will not be Injured permanently. He was employed as a truck driver for the Booth & Wilson Paving Company. It will be some time before ne win be able to resume his duties with the company. 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