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Elaine turned swiftly to Ca5"me home with me, thv0” She begged. “You, too, ,,“k There’s plenty of room J , voU can be comfortable.” ""■Thanks, Maggie will be won , ing about me,” Cathy pro , ?ted swiftly r'r]aine laughed. The laugh nded almost gay and the s° d of it startled her so she S°ut her hand over her mouth, "'“Golly. I never thought I’d ijiieh again, only the thought of i(agffie being worried about you 1 Crnhy, your house is literallv Mrsting at the seams with k'ds "all ages and colors. Maggie . |,een rounding them up and rkmg them home with her and 'arcelmg them out among her neighbors, until I d venture to L that at least ninety per cent small fry is in that neigh borhood. And Maggie’s having K much fun looking after them, j doubt if she’ll miss you. Come on Cathy. You need sleep and vou’U find it at my house—but not at yours.” "She's right, Cathy,” Mark said. “You’re coming too, Mark. The hotel’s damaged so that you couldn't go back there. The building inspectors are going to have to examine all the struct ures in the path of the storm before anybody can move back into them.” said Elaine firmly. She slipped a hand through each nf their arms and drew them with her. Cathv was too bone-weary to Wrights Cleaners Castle Hayne Rd. At Wrightsboro Rd. DIAL 6825 Call For and Delivery GARMENTS CLEANED TO LOOK LIKE THAT NEW PUR CHASE DAY APPEAR ANCE. argue. She knew that she and Edith Kendall fought every time they came within sight and sound of each other; she knew, too, that the house was Edith Kendall s, not Elaine’s, and that any invitation should comp from Edith. She told herself wryly that she was much too tired to argue, even with Edith Kendall; and since it took two to make a fight—She reminded hers e 1 f that she was becoming light minded with fatigue and offered no protest as Elaine gently pushed her into the station wag on. The handsome, stately home ol the Kendalls had missed the full force of the storm though it, too, shov. ed signs of th* or deal. Several beautiful trees had been up-rooted, one of them fall ing across the greenhouse, turn ing it into a mass of broken glass and potting tables and steel framework. The windows of the glassed-in veranda had gone, and a huge live oak had crashed flat across a corner of the kitchen wing. But as Elaine parked the station wagon and drew Cathy and Mark with h«r up the side terrace and into the house by way of a French win dow, she assured them that the damage had been enough to dis rupt the entire house-hold. “We’re still functioning ” she said, striving hr d to sound light and gay. “But only on a sort of fifty per cent plan.” As they came into the living room, Mrs. Kendall was coming down the stairs, and she called .out, “Is that you, Elaine? Is Bill w’ith you?” “No, Aunt Edith—I haven’t seen Bill,” Elaine answered as Mrs. Kendall reached the door way. “But I’ve brought Cathy Layne and Major Graham to breakfast. And then they want hot baths and a good bed and quiet for at least twelve hours.” Mrs. Kendall’s eyes flashed a little as she looked at Cathy, but wdtl an effort she made herself I speak with a sort of cold gra !ciousness. “I’m so happy to have you both. I’ll see to having food pre pared immediately. Elaine, Just Received! So Smart! So Comfortable! "HOEDOWN" Black Suede Red Suede Green Suede Grey Suede Black Calf Red Calf Green Calf Brown Calf OPEN AND CLOSED HEELS GOLD CALF . $8.95 CINDERELLA ROOTERIE 113 North Front Street r Don't be misled! Don’t be * confused! Don’t accept J substitutes! M !i I0P EPEW'NG CO., CINCINNATI ^IPFER DISTRIBUTING CO. !r OF BRUNSWICK ST. PHONE 2-8329 _ SEABOARD WAREHOUSE NO. “A” show them to whatever rooms you wish.” And without'waiting for th*m to answer she turned and went down the corridor toward the servants’ quarters. ‘‘Don’t mind her,” said Elaine, and her tired mouth was a little thin. ‘She hasn’t been herself since she discovered that Bill had gone AWOL ‘his morn ing.” Upstairs, she showed Mark to a room, and led Cathy across the hall. She brought Cathy pa jamas, a robe, slippers and a new tooth-brush from the guest closet, and assured herself that her guest had everything to make hev 'omfortable ’->efore she took herself off. Cathy was too exhausted to be more than aware for a moment that she was here where she had never expected to be—in Bill’s home, the reluctant guest of an unwilling hostess. But consider ing the circumstances, the fact did not bother her too much as she trailed into the bathroom and set the water running. She luxuriated in the steam ing water and a cool shower aft erward. She donned the pink pa jamas, knotted the belt of the soft pink robe about her slim waist, and came into the bed room to find a maid setting down a well laden and very ap petizing tray on a small table beside the chaise longue. She had finished her meal and was relaxed and peaceful, too weary to make the effort to get into bed, when there was a knock at the door. Thinking it the maid come to remove the tray, Cathy called. “Come in.” And then she got to her feet politely as Mrs. Kendall came in. “Sit down, do,” said Mrs. Ken dall almost crossly, her voice slightly thickened and not quite steady, her eyes red-rimmed. “Where is he?” Cathy said quietly, “If you mean Bill—” “But of course I mean Bill— who else could I mean?” “Then I’m afraid I haven’t the slightest idea. I haven’t seen him since last night, a little while after dinner.’ Don t lie,” snapped Mrs. Kendall harshly, and had the scant grace to flush a little be neath Cathy’s look. “Oh, I knov the whole thing is a put-up job between you. His disappearing like this is simply his way of forcing me to consent to his marrying you. He came to me last night and said that he want ed to be engaged to you.” Cathy caught her breath. “Engaged?” she repeated in credulously. “Oh, of course he wants to marry you,” said Mrs. Kendall shortly. “He informed me that he intended to go right, away with you immediately, today, and be married. But of course, for a man in Bill’s position, and social standing — well, that simply isn’t to be thought of for a moment. I tried to make him see reason. We quarreled bitter ly and he said he was leaving for good.” Tears spilled down her con torted face and as she put up her damp handkerchief Cathy felt a litte unwilling touch of pity for her. After all, she was old, and Bill was all she had to love; and if her love was pain fully possessive and jealous — then, couldn’t one try to under stand that? As though she resented break ing down before someone whom sh quite frankly cnsidered her she quite frankly considered her self to a measure of composure. “So I’ve come to tell you that you must send for Bill and tell him to come home. That I shall give rqy consent to this marri age, much as I dislike to do do,’’ she said with an effort at re capturing her old arrogant man ner. “I don’t know where Bill is, Mrs. Kendall,” said Cathy level ly. “And what’s more, I told him last night that I do not wish to marry him.” Mrs. Kendall stared at her. “That was very clever of you.” she said thinly. “Because of course that will make Bill all th~ more anxious. You must have thought you were in dan ger of losing him.” Cathy kept her temper by a genuine effort. “No, Mrs. Kendall, I merely discovered that I do not love Bill, after all.” “I don’t believe that for a mo ment!” “You should be very glad to. It means that you can keep him for yourself, doesn’t it?” There was a little flash in Mrs. Kendall’s eyes and then she sighed and shook her head. “No, it only means that Bill will be more determined than ever,” she admitted. “The slightest hint of opposition always acts that way with him.” She studied Cathy for a mo ment, curiously. And then she demanded, “After being in love with Bill all these years and Distributed By RED ROCK BOTTLING CO. of Wilmington, N. C. STALIN OBSERVES 68TH BIRTHDAY Western Eye Saw Him In 1946; We Will Do All Right LONDON, Dec. 21—(U.R)—Pre mier Josef Stalin of Russia ob served his 68th birthday today after a year of unprecedented seclusion and, at his personal re quest, Soviet newspapers and magazines ignored the anniver sary of probably the world’s most powerful figure. He had not made a major pub appearance in 1947. West n eyes last saw him on October 14, when an unofficial leftists dele gation of laborite members of the British House of Commons called upon him in the “little Kremlin” near Sochi on the Black ea. a Those eight British iabontes reported that he looked tanned, healthy and alert, although he has been reported suffering from a heart ailment for the last two years. He was believed to be still at Sochi, in refuge from the rigors of the Moscow winter. The strict Moscow censorship, however, prevents correspondents in Rus sia from speculating on his whereabouts or his health. By tradition, Stalin should dine tonight at the Kremlin with I his old Bolshevik comrades of the revolutionary days. But here was no indication from Moscow whether he actually would. Municipal elections in five of the Soviet republics coincided with Stalin’s birthday, and Stalin was reelected to the Moscow city Soviet, roughly corresponding to a municipal council. Radio Mos cow •'ported hit electic as fol in the 58th electorial district in lows: ‘The whole procedure of voting the Stalin district of Moscow took only five hours and by 11 a. m., 100 per cent of the lec tors had voted for Josef Stalin.’1 Students of Soviet affairs be lieve Stalin will hold a firm rein on the Russian government. They believe that Russia’s refu ul to give way on reparations issues at the foreign ministers confer ence and the drasti: devaluation of the Ruble last Tuesday could not have been decided by anyone except Stalin in an authoritarian regime such as Russia’s, of the London weekly paper, the The diplomatic corespondent D people, wrote today, however, that Stalin had called foreign minister Viacheslav M. Molotov on the carpet for failing to pre vent a breakdown of th: foreign ministers conference. The article gave no source for its informa tion. Other Soviet officials were “strongly critical” of Molotov’s uncompromising attitude, The People said, predicting that Rus sia might take “a more diplomat ic approach to the western pow ers, next time they meet.” There has been no lessening of speculation about an heir to the aging Stalin. There has been an increasing tendency on Stalin's part to divide his duties among four men. Hi? community party duties have been delegated more and more to Col Gen. Andrei Zhad nov, first secretary of the party’s central committee. A member of the all-powerful Pilitburo, he also is chief of the committee on foreign relations of the Soviet and was chosen to establish the nine-nation Cominform to fight the Marshall Plan. Government duties are coming more and more into the province of I 'olotiv, who is the best known of Russian personalities 1 the wes. -'ii nations. As fore ign minister nd allegedly Sta lin’s closest friend, he is con sidered by many as the heir ap parent. Stalin has delegated the prob lem of security to Marshal Laur enti P. Beria, who, like Stalin is a Georgian. For a long time, he was head of the dread NKVD (now MVD). Last January he believed to be organization of was released for speclr’ duties, atoi research. The army is under control of Gen. Nikolai A. Bulganin, better known as a communist party man than as a soldier. Early this year, Stalin turned the ministry of the armed forces over to him, thus bypassing wartime generals and marshall who had much more popular appeal. One of these four is expected to be leader of Russia one day, but on Stalin’s 68th birthday they all were believed to be taking and obeying his orders. practically hounding him— why should you suddenly decide you don’t want to marry him, now that he has worn me down until I’ve been forced to consent?” Cathy gave it to her straight. “I’m afraid the truth of the matter is that I don’t seem to care much for the fact that Bill was willing to let you dominate him to such an extent. Surely he should be man enough to make up his own mind.” Mrs. Kendal] stiffened. “Bill and I have been very close,” she said sharply. “Bill is grateful to me—feels under obligation.” “There’s really no reason why he should.” “The Kendall estate was left to me.” “Legally, of course—morally, one half of it should be Bill’s,” Cathy pointed out. "It will all be Bill’s, at my death. Meanwhile, he has had every possible advantage that money could provide.” “Except the privilege of mak ing up his own mind about the most important matter in his life.” (To Be Continued) By George Clark ”1 promise to write often, Mom. 1*11 enclose a note when I send my laundry home each week.” Pope Assails Men In Seditious Acts VATICAN CITY, Dec.21.—(£>)— Pope Pius XII called for prayers for world order today and as sailed, in words as biting as any he ever has used, those agita tors who stir up man against man “in seditions and tumults.” In a 1,100-word encyclical titled “optatissima pax” (most desired peace) the pontiff de clared class hatred threatens “to undermine and overturn the very foundations” of nations. Although he named no names, it was clear to all who read his Christmastide message to the hierarchy of the Catholic church that he had in mind the com munists of France and Italy when he said: "There are not lacking those who aggravate and batten on the misery of the proletarian classes and hence obstruct those noble forces with which, with strict order and with justice, the re building of fortunes now dis persed is attempted.” The encyclical was the latest of the many appeals for peace the Pope has addressed to the world sin as his coronation March 12, 1939—six months be fore the outbreak of the great est war in history. Even as the encyclical was made public, new leftist-led labor trouble harassed the Ital ian government. A nationwide strike in the food industries be gan and riots broke out in Na ples and in Sicily. It is necessary, Pope Pius said, “that all understand that it is not with discord, with tu mults, with fraternal massacres that lost goods may be regained or those in danger saved, but only with active concord, with mutual understanding; with peaceful labor.” He adur.d; “Those who, with a premedi ated plan, thoughtlessly raise up the crowd, exciting it to tumult, to secition and to offenses against the liberty of others, without a doubt do not operate to mitigate the poverty of the people, but rather increased it and provoke extreme ruin. . . .” The Pope said that in times of such great social crisis it is “necessary for each—and espe cially he who has greater goods to put the common welfare be for private advantages and profits.” And before everything else,” he said, “it is absolutely urgent to pacify spirits, bring them back to fraternal consensus, to mutual understanding, to recipro cal cooperation, so as to be able to carry out those doctrines and those directive norms that are consentient with Christian teachings and the conditions of the present hour.” In nations left wasted after the disastrous war, the ponfiff said, “the social classes mutu ally agitated by a bitter hatred, with innumerable tumults and and turbulences, threaten, as all see, to undermine and over turn the very foundations ox states.” The encyclical implored all people “to extinguish the secret hatreds and happily renew con cord.” The pontiff urged Cath olics the world over to pray for peace on their holy holiday and to “seek of the Divine Infant that he may deign to extinguish and remove the torches that are threateningly shaken in hatred, in seditions and tumults.” It was announced that the pontiff’s Christmas Eve address in reply to the customary greet ings of the college of cardinals will be broadcast to the world by the Vatican radio station Dec. 24. RADIO FO RWORKS DEPT. WORCESTER, Mass <U.R) _ Worcester’s public works de partment is one of the first municipal agencies other than fire and police departments to | have a shortwave radio system, i The $8,000 system was installed j in the department’s trucks and automobiles in the belief it would improve co-ordination during flash floods and snow storms. Game Called Off LANCASTER, O., (U.R>_Judge Earl D. Parker has turned down a petition to change the name of the twin villages of Baltimore and Basil to “Baseball.” The court de cision held that ample proof was not shown that the twin com munities desired the change. POLICE ARREST FORMER PREMIER Sultaneh Arrested At Air port And Passport Confiscated TEHERAN, IRAN, Dec. 21— (U.R)—Press reports said today that former premier Ahmae Ghavam es Sultaneh was arrested yester-! day and his passport confiscated as he was about to depart by plane for the United States. The reports said that a mob armed with sticks gathered at the airport shouting “death to Ghavam” and that troops were called to disperse them. Ghavam paid a farewell visit yesterday to the shah, Moham med Reza Pahlevi, the reports said, and was scheduled to de part by plane for the United States by way of Geneva, Switz erland, when ris arrest was or ed by the public prosecutor. Police confiscated Ghavam’s passport and the plane left with out him, the reports said. A Majlis speaker announced to day that a parliamentary com mittee would investigate the charges against Ghavam. The na ture of the charges was not dis closed. The Iranian cabinet resigned December 4 in a dispute with Ghavam, then premier, over do mestic policies. Ghavam refused to resign until he was voted out by the majlis (parliament). On December 10 the majlis voted no confidence in Ghavam and he was ousted. Ghavam’s popularity has waned rapidly over his failure' to im plement reform measures but all political parties supported his fo reign policy, including a firm stand against all foreign inter ference in Iran’g affairs. Bladenboro Couple To Celebrate Golden Wedding Anniversary BLADENBORO, Dec. 21—Mr. and Mrs. John D. Jordon will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary tomorrow, December 22, at their home here. A reception will be held and friends and relatives of the couple have been invited to call during the afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Jordon were married December 22, 1897 by the Rev. S. W. Wooten of Bladenboro and have resided in Bladen county since that time. Mr. Jor don is a retired farmer and mer chant. Mrs. Jordon is the former Miss Frances Nance. The Couple have five living children. Mrs. Albert Call of Washington, Mrs.. Ruby Jelks Taylor of Washington, Mrs. Shir ley Bishop of Wilmington, Her bert Jordon of Washington and Durell Jordon of Fayetteville. W. Cary Brown Elected Head Of Bladenboro Woodmen Of The World BLADENBORO, Dec. 21. Bladenboro Camp 208, Woodmen of the World, elected officers for 1948 at their regular meeting Friday night. W. Cary Brown was elected Council Commander; Rufus A. Britt, past Council Commander; Everett C. Milligan was named Advisory Lieutenant; C. A. Shaw, Banker Ray Hedgepeth, escort; Julian Shaw, sentry; W. D. Britt, watchman. Bill Russ was elected cor responding secretary and Leek Hales was named finiancial sec retary. R. L. Bridger, auditor; Gaston Hester, Chaplain and Clyde Duncan was named chair man of the degree team. The new officers will take of fice immediately. It was also announced that plans for the building program will be ad vanced as soon as weather con ditions permit. The Mississip River system of of Inland waterways has ap proximately 600 operators of boats and garges, ranging from single vessels to large fleets. Bladenboro Firemen Feted By Fellowship Club At Banquet Meet BLADENBORO, Dec. 21—The Fellowship club of Bladei boro were hosts to the local volunteer fire department recently at a banquet meeting. The meeting was held in the Bladenboro Club house. A. T. Peacock, president, presided and introduced the guests. A delicious steak dinner was prepared and served by Dwight Kelly, J. C. “Tater” Shaw and H. D. Hargrove. The Bladenboro high school glee club, under the direction of A. K. Perkins, ren dered several Christmas Carols. Mrs. W. A. Hough gave a dra matic reading, she was assisted by Miss Betty Johnson. Fire Chief Ed Glover and fire man Jack O’Niel of Lumberton spoke to the volunteers briefly. Chief Glover pointed out the fire losses in the nation and gave instructions to the firemen present. Mayor W. G. Fussell said in the future regular fire drills will be staged by the local department. 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