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MARGARET NICHOLS C Copyright, 1946, Marganl Goman Nirholt, Dltirlbufd by King radon, Syndlcala. CHAPTER twenty-seven “American girls are your .j-ipe/’ Alison said, walking slowly beside Tim “You’re spoiled and as stand ardised as washing machines coming off the assembly line. You gloss over realities with superficialities. You think more of what goes on your body than 0f your body itself. You’d rather be dead than not like everybody else. You’re afraid of being hurt. It has nev r occurred to you ,bat men like their women not only patrician but peasant as wel'l.” He turned his head and smiled- “We’re back at the house. No time for you to de lend your exalted sex.” “There’s some truth in what vou say but you can’t lump us ;,H together and say we’re all like that. “I’m not saying you are. I don't believe you’d run away from an experience. Forgive an old soldier his gripe. Give us time. There’s that word again. Time. . .Philip’s back from town. There’s his car.” Once more the house was bril liantly lighted and overflowing with people Once more Edna was the serene hostess moving among her guests with a classic calm. And once more Alison was walking from room to room, awed, quiet, and wearing a dress that Teresa had again pro vided. For with the check Te resa had given her for Christ mas she had bought an elegant ly simple black afternoon dress. Once more voices swirling about her: “It’s merely the same as it was after the last war. Strikes and inflation and labor unions asserting themselves.” “But the unions were not then a political force.” “It isn’t a new pin at all, darling. It’s an earring. I lost the mate and had this lone one made into a pin. Don’t you re member my gold and sapphire earrings?” “I saw Hiroshima. Yes, I was there.” “You know them? I had no idea you knew them. Stanley, ^ SUNDAY SPECIAL - 10 A. 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Oh, yes, checks will be very good this spring.” The English bride of a young American doctor stopped Alison. “How nice to see you again, Alison. It’s a lovely party, isn’t it? Philip must bring you in to see us. We finally found a place to live. I must find Larry. We really must be going.” The shifting pattern of Teresa’s life and hers, she thought. Teresa fitted so well here with her small talk, her love of the pretentious and her curiosity about people. Alison could feel only small and lost and lonely in a crowd, the bright remarks she might have uttered always came to her when it was too late to say them. Teresa’s position and hers were in direct reverse of their natures because Teresa should be here tonight basking in th admiration of a hundred and fifty people. But Teresa was at the farm where you could hear the wine rattling Cj^o do dhe dasluon Center dor <dask ions FOR ONE DAY ONLY Exciting, Smart, Just-Arrived DRESSES BEST SELLERS FROM TOP-NOTCH MAKERS Jtyf. 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Today’s sales amounted to 116, 692 pounds which brought farm ers $45,968.25. Warehousemen Rack Kackley, Bill Hussey, and Oscar Blan chard, sales line leaders, were hopeful that the remaining less than 400,000 pounds would come in to put the market over the top. They said they are making every effort to make the final five sales banner ones and they have urged farmers everywhere to bring their tobacco on here. Opinion here is t£at the 15,000, 000 pound mark will be reached if tobacco remaining in the area is ready for sales by Thursday. Several farmers are still in the process of preparing their tobac co for market. Meanwhile today’s market brought about a $56 per hundred averages to Vauge Mcready, of the Chinquapin section of Duplin county, for 2,300 pounds of to bacco. Mcready’s average was one of the many good ones that have been clocked in here this year. In addition to topping all pre vious seasons for number of pounds sold, Wallace also stands at the top of Eastern North Caro line belt market in price aver ages. the old windows and where there was only Sam to admire her. Was love delicate and preci ous to Teresa? Or was it some thing to be seized with her com pelling hands, seized, then used and discarded? Was it filled with wonder or only with desire? Had it reverence and beauty and mystery for her? Or was it to be gobbled up like a sand wich at a drug store counter? Philip appeared out of no where. “You look a million miles away,” he said. “Don’t look like that, darling. Come with me. There’s someone I want you to meet.” There was always someone Philip wanted you to meet. She wondered how he kept all the names in his head. When Philip couldn’t sleep, he would count names, not sheep. Had he ever run out gladly in the morning? Had he ever forgotten that he was Philip Spencer who must try to please everybody and re member the things they liked? Philip had never had any fun. That was his trouble. He had never had any fun because he was always trying so hard to be democratic. Life had said to him, “You may live in a beauti ful house, have abundant friends, a devoted family and even a fair share of success as an attorney. But you can’t have everything. You can’t have Te resa. . He smiled at her. “There’s a fey quality to you, Alison, as if you could vanish at will. You’re here and you’re not here. Give me your hand so I’ll know you’re here. See. . .that’s better. I want you to meet the general. A regu lar guy. He’s got himself a new wife.” To Philip she had a fey quali ty while Sam had said, “You’re real, Alison. Almost the realest person I know.” Suddenly she felt a little sick. There was too much smoke, too many people, too much to eat and drink. Too much of every thing. But she had to meet the general and his new wife before she managed to slip away into the library. Tim rose and stood before the fire as she walked toward him. Without preface he put his arms around her and kissed her. You have a mouth that was made to be kissed and you make me know that’s all I need —a special girl. If I had her, then all the rest could be as spoiled and as standardized as they like. Don’t be angry. You didn’t give anything. I took, but you didn’t give.” She drew away from him and went over and sat on the arm of the sofa. “I can’t give anything to you.” I’m scarcely here tonight. I’m where the wind is rattling the windows and where there isn’t too much of everything. Slowly she said, ‘‘One of the hardest things to realize is that you can feel so much while the other person feels nothing. You think it can’t be that way, that it simply can’t be, that somehow it must be returned. I’ve always thought that love was like a call from one person to another. Sometimes it’s answered and sometimes it isn’t.” ‘‘Your hair is like con centrated sunlight. See how all the pretty words come back to me because you’re not just a girl but you. For months I’ve been building up a case against the American girl and you come along, new and exciting and beautiful, and I kiss you and the case explodes in my face and I want to kiss you again. Joke. You’re supposed to laugh.” “I don’t want to laugh. But I’m glad.” ‘‘But Philip won’t like it if he looks in and finds you and me separated by not more than two feet and me with a look in my eyes. I can’t move in on Philip, Alison. So the 'most we can do is go out and find the punch bowl and drink to the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” (To Be Continued) Taken From Life I By H. A. STALLINGS Wednesday we visited three of the communities'that are a part of the backbone of southeastern North Carolina- Currie, Atkin son, and Ivanhoe. At Currie we talked with L. W. Rook, owner and proprei tor of a general merchandise store and service station. From him we learned that the princi pal sources of income in the section at present are tobacco and logging. While we were there F. M. Littleton was super intending the loading of cypress, gum cotton, maple logs for ship ment to the Stilley Plywood company at Conway. Among recent developments at Currie are extensive im provements to the Presbyterian Church, of which the Rev. James A. Marrow is pastor; a new store opened by George Norris; a new fish market and cafe operated by Sanford Cai son. Within easy distance of Currie are the Bare Branch, Bethlehem, Caneduck, Moore’s Creek, Long Creek Baptist churches and the ‘ Church of God. Currie is vary proud that the highway from Currie to the Clinton-Wilmington highway is being paved. Only three miles of the highway to Elizabethtown are unpaved and Currie is hop ing that contract will be let soon. Eighteen acres are be png added to the National Moore’s Creek Park and it is anticipated this will bring ad ditional paved roads. Rook reports that the Red Star Fishing Camp on Black River operated by C. S. Womac is drawing a number of fishing and hunting patrons. There are around 25 private camps along the river, among them being those of Fitzhugh Formy Duval and the Burrogh Hunting Club. The leaders in blueberry plant ings in the section are Jack Murphy, Otto Welles, and George W. Spayd. At Atkinson we talked with Charles Highsmith, who is manager of the drug store owned by Dr. G. C. Beard. Charles is an alert, intelligent, interesting citizen. He is a vet eran and was a member of the 60th Infantry. The main de velopment in Atkinston is the completion of a new $45,000 Bap tist church. Attractive dwellings have been completed by J A. Rivenbark, Frederick Coville, W. G. Bell and Edmund Wood cock. Atkinson maintains bas ketball teams for the boys and girls that participate in inter scholastic contests. A highway patrolman recently has been stationed at Atkinson. At Ivanhoe we talked with W. R. Bryant, the genial, courteous, wide-awake agent for the Atlan tic Coast Line Railroad, and with Charles Corbett, the owner of the store that has won nation al fame and has had write-ups by nationally known feature writers. We chatted with Cor bett and visited his store which is so full of goods literally it is running over on to the front porch. There is a narrow pas age in the center inside, just large enough for Corbett, wno is the only person who has the slightest chance of finding goods desired. There was a line of customers being served so we : had only a few moments with i the famous store proprietor. Ivanhoe is proud, indeed that the highway from Harrell’s store to a mile beyond Ivanhoe is be ing paved, giving the communi ty a paved connection with a main highway, the one to Clin ton and Wilmington. C. H. Lewis recently has opened a new store in Ivanhoe. This is the home of the large C. A. Brown and Bro thers saw mill, which is main ly a planning mill. While in Ivanhoe a young school lad, who had come to the depot to see the train pass, was expressing his sympathy for an acquaintance fifty odd years old, who had never been out of North Carolina. The lad said even he was going to have the opportu nity of traveling beyond the borders of the State within a year. Evidently for him, going outside North Carolina, makes one a globe trotter. At that a wealth of experiences and an encyclopedia of knowledge can be gained without ever leaving North Carolina. COAST LINE MALE CHORUS SINGS FOR EXCHANGE MEETING The Atlantic Coast Line male chorus triple quartet rendered j three numbers, “Working on the Coast Line,” “Stout Hearted! Men” and “Stars of The Sum mer Night” yesterday at The Exchange Club’s weekly meeting, meeting. The program was directed by President H. V. Bories and is one of several recently heard in the city. The chorus which is made up of 45 members, has at tracted considerable notice since organization and has been suc cessful in many benefit appear ances in raising funds for worthy causes. R. Stewart was chairman of the Exchange pro gram for the day. Plans were discussed about a post-season football game and the committee is investi gating the possibilities for an early announcement. In uncooked foods, such as veg etable juice cocktails, add dried herbs well in advance — even overnight — to release their full flavor. To prevent specks in the finished dish, tie herbs in a bit of muslin and remove before serv- ■ mg. -! 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