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THE MALAKOFF NEWS MALAKOFF Aqency GENERAL INSURANCE l{. C. Riddlesperger at First ,-National Bank EAT BUTTER-KIST BREAD ia Henderson County Bob Johnson's ectric Shoe Shop Expert and Harness Repair Satisfaction Guaranteed P Cut Flowers, Funeral De- Bride's Bouquets, or in Flowers. Call 178 Floral and Company Athens, Texas Send us the p~ce of a year's sub- scription if you are in arrears. We need the money. Trcmsfer all kinds of hauling and Satisfactory Service GUARANTEED: KILMAN, M.D. dedidne and Surgery Trinidad, Texas Telephones 81, 78 and 71 B. OWEN, M.D. ] and SURGEON Office in McDonaM Bldg. LAKOFF, TEXAS FOWLER, M.D. and SURG]gOtN 0fi ce in Skilea Building ALAKoFF, TEXAS J. W. McKAY DENTIST 208 Landman Bu/Id/ Phone 611 TEXAS with your home merchalts They help pay the taxes, keep up' the schools, build ~d~. and make this a community worth while. You will ~d the advertising of tits best ones in this IHtper, We are in a po- sition to give all Printing Promot and CareMl Attention Individuality in your letterheads and other l iuted matter is help- ta your Imsin m. at aN I O @ ( oDyrtght. Ka.thleen Norris. G KATHLEEN NORRIS CHAPTER XVI--Continued "Then suppose we consider It as not havl~g been said, not having been done, Tony'/" the man suggested sim- ply, after a little pause. "If you could," she stammered, with the rich color rushing into her pale face. "All right, then. it didn't happen !" he said. And Tony went on up to the city office In a very vertigo of joy, Sa happy today as she bad been wretched yesterday. Two or three times, while she was ploughing gal- lantly through the scattered notes and pages that would somehow frame themselves into the sprightly social page of "Madame la Duchesse" next Sunday, she stopped and put her el- hews on the desk and l~er face into her hands for sheer ecstasy. She had no trouble gettin~ her Sun- day photographs now. Sometimes it amused her to remember wlth what a panic of apprehension she had ,,nee faced the necessity of getttn~ them every week. It was all quite simple. when one knew how: and Tony did know how, now. She was in tmlch with all the good photographers: and whenever they could they helped her OUt" and whenever she eonld she ~flve them credit In the newspaper. When distinguished strangers came to town iTony called on them, asked quite ' frankly for photographs, and when- ever any especially sl~nlflcant social Imthering took place she w~nt to It ,,nd took her cameraman alon~. Al- ways. in her middle right desk drawer. there were ten or a dozen shiny prints in reserve. Dllriug the week she would make a selection from thegn and writ~ the sentences that gave them their reason for appearing in her columns The~ scraps of composition, wltl~ clippings from Eastern papers about Californians, notes from her own dally column, were eli pasted tn~ellwr. an'd connected by chatty little phrases such as "Speakln~ of luncheons." or "By the way. Betty anti Joan are herb to be bridesmaids before they are brides." It was hack work now. Now and then she had to stay very late for one cause or another, stay after most of the men had drifted sway at old- night, until Frank Fltch's office was dark. and on~y two or three ,,f the city room reporters remained, and faithful lnger~Rtl was at the Associ- ated Prem~ de~, and drnnken Gold- berg was the night editor. Tony al- ways found this experience thrilling: she felt her hair getting fuzzy and her face hot; an niter weariness of words would possess ~her. yet it was s wonderful thing to be a part of the old paper, and have one's share in putting It "to bed." In and out of the big hotels, meet. 10g ministers and ambassadors on their way to and free the Orient, and writers and actresses and film folk, In and out of the city hall. getting to know the mayor, meeting the governor. known to the presidents of the clubs. MI~ Taft went her tireless and busy way. All June was busy with Cam- mencem~mt exercises, and the latter half of Decemaer was filled with Yule- tide cheer. Youngsters were coming home from Eastern schools, every club had a dinner or a tree. Tony, violets on her shoulder, bar cheeks rosy iu the cold air. play~! her own part in all their lives. "You're m~ sure of yourself !" Brenda said admiringly. "You're dlf. ferent. I hardly know you, Tony? "You're never aura of yourself in the newspapar game. Bandy. Anyone may be out, and anyone may be lu, at a moment's notice." "You don't have to worry!" Brenda said in fond pr)de. She stood with her back to the mlcroscolilc sink sh,, had Just reduced to immaculate clean. LOSS and smiled at her sister. A banker's convention was meetin~ at Del Monte, near Monterey, and Tony had been sent down to (.over tim feminine Interest of tim oec:~ion She and Brenda could be together for long quiet hours during the three days, for the busy times for Tony were la the late afternoon and evening, when I~e hankers came In from meetings or golf, aml social activities logan. Brenda's small domain was one of the least expensive apartments. B,tt Tony somehow found the little At- water home touching and charming For one thing Brenda loved every inch of it with an almost solemn de- votion. Her Idolatry of Alvin included everything ~hat concerned him. Quite simply, and without apology. Brenda pint Alvin's llghtest wish above all other considerations and aM-Ira(ions, f Ia these days Tony felt much older than Brenda. lter life moved In wider channels than the peaceful ones that Brenda knew now; the cheerful buy- ing of half a pound of butter, half a dozen eggs, the thrifty hoarding of the cut lemon, the eut onion. Brenda's evenings were spent talking with Al- vin. listening to the radio, working out the crossword puzzle in the eve. nlng paper. The older sister's complete al)sorp- tlon in her new role made Terry feel oddly lonely. She had no part in Brenda's life now. much as they loved each other, much as they loved to he together. Brenda was only s back- grouffd for Alvin. and Alvin felt for his handsome, successful young sis- ter-In-law only the rather nervous lik- ing of a b~sy and worried young doe- (or toward the person closest, after himself, to hts wife. Tony was smartly dressed, successful : perimps Alvin At- water was a little more conscious of Brenda's tiredness and paleness, the flatness of Bren,la's purse, tile Inevlta- Idllty of dishwashlng and bedmaking for Brenda. when Tony was by. On a I)ot Febr,mry day. the last of the convention, they took their lunch down to tl|c shore of Pebble Beach and lay talkin.~ on a w:srm strip of sand that lay between the rocks. "You go ;io tonight. Tony? Ah. it's been so deliciou~t having you. even for this long," Brenda said. "You've d.ne me--I can't tell you how much _~ood'. I was sort of dragging about. and I didn't seem to trove any ambi- tion about Ia-~o's clothes and you've braced me so wonderfully, l knew you wmdd! And tell Cliff. and tell darlin~ Aunt Me~---" She wa~ full of messazes for them all. But Tony knew that she and AI- vin offly asked of thorn. Jxlst now. to he let alone. They had lost Bandy for s while: they were all eclipsed by the figure of Alvin. But she wouhl come hack. "Oh. my dear. we f~r~ot to h,+,k up Doctor Vanderwall at ('armol!" she exclaimed suddenly. "We cauhl do it this afternoon !" Brenda said. stricken. "We cauld apt. This Is too nice!" l~t after a moment Tony reconsid- ered it. "Perhaps I should." she said reluctantly. "Ruth is sure to feel hurt if 1 don't !" CHAPTER XVII They had ned their lunch now. and the little basket that had held eggs and cookies and lettuce sandwiches was empty. The sun was beating down steadily: there was shelter, down here In this Itttle Ingle of loach, and a sense of security and protec- tion. Brenda said on s long yawn: "l,et's do it; let's he decent. We can go home by way of Carmel and look him tip." "All right." Tony dropped her head on her arms again. "Does he like you?" "Madly. If we find him at home you'll see." "Well." Brenda protested laughing. pleased with the idea. "he probably doesn't display It in company." "Oh, but that's Just what he does." "Had he asked you?" Brenda asked It a little self-con. sclotnsly,~nd Tony, looking up quickly, laughed with a smtdenly flushed face. "Re---panically. In company and. out. Always." "And you don't like him?" '*i admire hhn enormously. T think he's splendid. He's tall and fair and full of fun--he's nice.'" 'Not reliable?" "As reliable as death! He's young." Tony said. "But he's going to he one of our Best Known Americans-- with capitals. Beady." "Then. wi|y? No money." "'As a matter of fact. he lies money. After he'd sent me enough violets aud orchids to sink the Bremen. I asked Ruth. lle's rich, At least, to our way of thinking he is," "Does he know yon're down here?" "I'm not sure. tie goes ~kinunlo~ about from Men(are to I,aguna--hunt- Ins rock Imrasites, [ believe it Is, lie sent me a frightful Eng|isb magazine with an article in It about the para- sites of Kennebunkport or some- thing." Brenda was silent for a long while Then she said.simply: "You're not i~appy, are you, Tony?" "l ought to be," Tony temporized. "l try to he. Sometimes. when l took back on the old days." she said. "and renlemher how young We were, and m)w poor we were, and yet how we Aunt bier was not to come down and used to laugh and carry on and sing--- visit them because "my dear, he says "It seems st) oontrary; its Just life, r " ! snpp0se," she added as Brenda, old ladies get hlm ne yeas. Brenda wU not going to a hosDltal In July; watching her intently, did not speak, "Oh, St ~nst costs money, and you "Tony, may I ask you something?,' hive to have nurses, and their fi~eala, "Ask away, Bandy." and i tan get some good. old Mexl- "Is it Barney?" can woman In and have It wtthout the For a minute Tony stared at her slightest U;onble here. Alvin worrle~ sister in amazement; ~hen her coder ~o about money, and I don't want this came ru~lng back, and she burst Into of mine to begin by burdening laughter. " arney Kerr I Good heavens !" Tony said amusedly, looking very hand- some In her thin white frock, with a white hat on her dark tmir, and her skin all the browner by contrast. "She'll spoil the life out of him. And she has money, and that's what his mother wanted. He'll be all right!" "Then If it isn't Barney, who Is It? It isn't thls doctor," Brenda mused. Tony was silent for a space lying fac- Ing her sister with her elbows planted in the sand, and her chin lu her palms. "Is It who I think it Is, Tony?" Brenda said very low. "I guess so." Brenda was silent for a while. Then she said : "Does he know?" "Yep," Tony answered briefly. "Tony, she doesn't know,!" "Of, of c,,urse not. of course not." Tony said impatiently. "There's noth- ing to know. anyway. I broke down--- the night you were nmrrled. It hap- pened to be. and blubbered oat some- thing--I don'( know what. and a day or two later he said we would act as if It had never been--and thars all there Is to it !" "You mean." Brenda said. troubled. "that he [)roteade(l--tried to pretend Ihat there was nothlng to It, that you must JUst forget it'Y' "What else, in heaven's name. could he do?" Tony's tone was one of life- less patience. Brenda was silent : watching and ponderI.ng. "I think you're being a tremendous sport." "I'm trying to be. Nol)lesse oblige something, 1 suppose." Tony said. In a bored voice. "No girl has a right For Minute Tony 8tared at Her Sitter |n Amazem#nt to like a married man. and If she does, the sooner she gets out the better." "You don't go to their house any more?'" 'Now and them But I don't often see him there." "But then---" Brenda began, with an eloquent spread of her hands. "What's going to happen?" "Nothing," Tony answered briefly, She got up, and took the basket, and walked toward the ear. Brenda fol- lowed her; spoke agalw tltnldly~ "Does R--it must t--qzet easier?" "No," Tony said, "It'l! never get easier. VII never get over it." They drove for a whlle in silence. "Where you going, BendyT' "Well. aren't we going down ~o see Doctor VanderwaWs place?" "'Oh. I forgot. Isrdt it pretty late?" Brenda answered the question with another. "'You really don't like him, do you? ---ltere he is!" ilere be was, In the busy little struggling main street of Carmel; his his arms lull of I)undles from the gro- cery. his round fair face shining with pleasure in the full light of the de, sceuding sun. Brenda saw him tum- ble his purchases Into his own parked ear, and come up to Tony's side of ~lte car, and rest his folded arms there as he talked. What he was thinking was in his blue eyes: that all the world was Just this one slender girl with a white hat on dark hair and s brown hand lying dose to his. "Tonyr' he said. "Ye gods. what luek;" Brenda. glancing sidewise at her sister, saw that Tony was looking her loveliest; her dark blue eyes close to his own. "Where are you gels going?" See demanded. "Have yon tlnte to come down and see the place?" "l thought you told me that It was lu a mona. Joe, and you wanted uo to get the whole overwhelming effect 8t the housewarming?" "Ah, well, I dtd---ak, welI, I do," he said, laughing confusedly. They alon~ for 0 0 WNU ~ervto~ I O Tony lowered her lashes, her lips crinkling. "Is that so exciting? I have to go baek tonight. I'm really oa my way now." "Let me--no. I can't," Joe said. re- membering. 'Tin taking poor Allcn-- tt~e felh, w who itas the phtce next to mine. you know. to the hospltal to- night. They're having a bad time-- two kids, and he's got this hone rot. or whatever It Is, and I pr,,mlsed I'd go over and ~et him, after dinner, and take him to Watsonvllle. She's ',,or a brother who's a doe(or there." "Joe. you're flood. You're always doing such kind th[n~s!" '?When al'e yea going to do one--- Just a little, carnie! one?" "There yell gO." "i know. I sah| [ wonldn't didn't I? But think of It. Tony. Y,,,, aad me. shoppirP. I~ere at the F'l~glv. and then drtvin~ h,,me with CllOp~ and as- paraffus and honey for your ids,,~Hts?" "l do think of it, Joe.'" "l',,~,y said very low. .%l'rer a m,,ment sha wont on: "~ilpT},,~,O yOII liked ~v, nlo splon- did womav, w*wth three of a,o. .h,,. only yell noxt'r l'ou]d get her? ~Vo|l](I you leave n,o r,,r her?" 'l'ho blOOd 1"tin[led tip |In(]of his fnir skim "[ couldn't. [ suppose, it's Ilk++ that. of course " "lt's like that." And n,-v the, hh~e eyes were raised. I,..kvd ('nil il,t,, hls O~VlL "~0 %'~HI ~(++~ Ih~Hl." ~;I;d ToDy. "So I s+'+" ||len. [ ~lll)]H+St'.'" Jlo said after a hl,~nlcnt, shrugginm WheB Brenda tur,,+.d around they were botl~ laughing, and Tony was saying of J.e's oceanshle f:,rm: "It mast be simply dls~nstln~ !" But afterward, when she was tay- tng good-by In Brenda's little apnrt- ment. she was serious a~o+ain. Brenda had shyly de(aimed aer. a thin hand on Tony's shonhler, and had asked: "Do you--do ,VO|I imagine he's un- happy too, Tony?" '*i,arry," Tony had satd rather than asked. "l don't know." Ton.v rested her head a~ait|st Brenda's temple, like a tired chihl. "l love yon. Ilendy." she said. "You're sweet. Don't think I'm S fool. playing with fire. thlnkln~ it's smart t,, fall in love with the boss. I hate it. I didn't" want It to he this Way." hands,ram cost, and the tale of whe~ family's delightful makeshift and emer~t, nctes had opened to the heire~ an unexplored section of life. But If Joe liked Tony, and Joe m~le no secnq of the fact that he did, Ruth was enchanted with the idol that she and Larry would presently have this youn~er,,, couple like a little sister and brother to oversee and ad- vise nu(I help. Her first astounded criticism of Tony had come when the changed attitude of the other three hqd revealed to her the unwelcome truth that somehow things were not going rigl~t between Tony and Joe. "I think she has a good cheek, I really ,loP' Ruth said in amazement to I,arry. '/Tony surprises me. She alq,,mrs *o be the type that Just nat* urally d.~sn't fall in love. ".~he ~q,ts a great kick out of h~r Work." l.arry, scraping his chin with a t,u|y brown hand after shaving, aa- swe|'~l mildly. "W.rk nonsense! Where'll her work get her in a few more years? There's no ro:tl future for a girl in newspai~ work. and she certainly isn't golng ,m h~o w|'lting. She says herself she t,+,u r,,, i,naghmtion." ".'