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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1939
DANGEROUS SERVICE
The Characters
Peter Mallone: A potential
newspaperman.
Petronella: Hit titter, and
ttaunch supporter.
Yesterday: The young Mallones
arrive in Burma where Peter will
work lor a rice company, and
Petronella will be introduced to
society by her father.
Chapter Five
Thick As Thieves
PTER looked across thg table
and winked reassuringly at
Petronella. Knowing how she felt,
he wa9 grateful to her for making
so little fuss about it. He admired
her restraint. In her place he
would have blurted out awkward
questions at the outset; how often
could they meet? How far was
Kemmendine? Could ht come to
the Club this evening? Instead, un
ruffled. she was asking about the
riots. There were more important
things they wanted to know.
“How are things here, father?
We gatheied from your last letters,
and from the Captain, that you’ve
had strikes. What is the trouble
exactly?” She left the rest of the
pumping to Peter.
Probably, once she got going,
socially, Peter had said, she would
meet a good many more people
than he did; knowledgeable people.
Girls went everywhere in this
country. They were spoiled and
had their heads turned. It would
be good for her to have to collect
useful information for him.
“Burma for the Burmans is the
cry,” Colonel Mallone told his son.
He was glad the boy looked like
taking an intelligent interest in the
country. It was to be encouraged.
‘There was nasty business in Chit
tagong. The English Club was sur
rounded. There was a good deal of
fighting. Women and children had
to be taken aboard several 8.-1.-
ships. Things are quiet again there
now. Here, in Rangoon. Burmans
have been demanding that they
shall have monoply of the dock
labor. At present V e Cooringhis
get most of it. They are quicker,
cheaper, more reliable workers.
But I think you have missed most
of the excitement.”
Petronella spoke casually: “A
man called Mr. Merrill, on the
ship, told me he thought the real
trouble was only just beginning,
father.”
Colonel Mallone was impressed.
“Oh. you met Merrill, did you?
Well, he ought to know. But I’m
surprised at him, talking to a girl
like you, and scaring you about it.
What did he say?” Astonishing, he
thought petulantly. A fellow like
Merrill would talk to his daughter,
and tell her things he’d have given
a lot to he: r himself.
“That’s the reason government
officials talk to girls,” she laughed.
"They know it goes in one ear and
comes out of the other. The trou
bles in the government ot Burma
seemed rather involved to me."
She lies beautifully thought
Peter, who knew what Merrill had
said. 'She was right not to tell
father. Memu riaa naa a gooa
evening in the bar, before he sat
out that dance with Petronella.
“Never mind. If you’re not too
tired, you can drive with Peter to
his bungalow, just to see where
he’s going to live. Tne driver will
bring you straight back to rest, till
tea time. You’ll feel the heat, at
first, after the ship. After tea I
want to take you to see the Grants.
You remember they bought you
home from India, when your
mother died? They have a daugh
ter out, Jean, about your age.”
“We wanted to go to the Gym
khana Club to dance at six-thirty.
We wanted to meet several of the
people off the ship. They’re going
up-country tomorrow," Peter told
him hardily.
“Before we all scatter,” added
Petrel sadly.
“You seem to have arranged it
already. But, of course, I know
what it is—ship friendships. I’ll
take you along to the Gym myself.
Petrel, and meet Peter thefe.
Someone will give him a lift. I ex
pect. But you’re to come straight
home to dinner when the dancing
ends, at eight o’clock.”
Less Pleasant Things
PETRONELLA sat beside Peter
* in the back of the car, which
took them through squalid
crowded native streets to the Kem
mendine Chummery.
This country might lay a spell
upon him Peter thought. It was
sunny and colorful. The Burmese
had such smiling, honey-colored
faces. The women dressed with
such fragile, exquisite art. But
there were less pleasant things to
consider. This heat, which sent a
stream of perspiration continually
running down your spine. The
dirty gutters, flies, and dust, of the
meaner streets. The spattering of
chewed betel nut, staining the
ground. The beggars. The short
paragraphs in the Rangoon papers,
describing horrible murders,
which seemed everyday affairs.
How many years would he have
to spend here, he wondered?
Would he be able to withstand the
moral rot he feared? What would
the other men at the chummery
be like? Would rice milling prove
deadening or interesting occupa
tion?
Knowing his own restlessness,
Peter was afraid. Merrill had said
there was going to be a lot more
trouble. That might Drove for-
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tunate, for him. Something definite'
must happen, otherwise he might
never write anything for Rowdon,
and the Daily News.
The car turned in between un
painted gate posts, and jerked to a
stop before a ramshackle looking
old brown bungalow.
“Here we are, old girl.” A ser
vant came running down the steps
and took his baggage.
“The rest are working I expect
I'll see you later.” •,m.; >
He stood bareheaded, waving to
Petrel, till the car swung out
through the gates.
If it had not been for Peter’s at
titude towards the future, his de
sire to escape from Mailer’s Rice
Mill at the earliest opportunity.
Petronella would have allowed
herself to love life in Rangoon. She
was soon accustomed to being con
sistently bitten, to sleeping under
a mosquito net. To the noisy East
ern night, with its croaking, buz
zing. droning, twittering chorus.
Petronella rode, swam, danced,
played tennis, was invited every*
where. She went, wearing her
best dress, and long white gloves,
to Government House, to dance
with men in resplendent uniforms.
Burma lay in the background of
this European social life, like an
attractive drop curtain. Had it not
been for Peter, she might never
have troubled, or wished to peer
behind it. She might have evaded
serious conversations upon the
problems of the country. She might
nave discounted the rumors, and
stories she heard, brushing them
aside with uneasy laughter, be
cause they were, inconvenient
threats against her pleasure. It was
upon a typical Monday evening
that her first real glimpse was
forced upon her.
The Children’s Corner
Oh MONDAYS they danced at
the Gymkhana Club before
dinner. She and Peter had formed
what had become termed “the
Children’s Corner.” This was com
posed of eight or nine girls, and
twenty or so young men. They
made a great deal of noise and en
joyed themselves. But the “Chil
dren’s Comer” was unpopular with
Colonel Mallone, since none of the
older among Petronella’s admirers
liked to intrude, to ask her to
dance. V
“I hope you’re coming home to
dinner this evening,” the Colonel
asked, upon this day, petulantly.
“Peter and Colin have asked
Jean and me to eat with them at
the bungalow.”
“You go down to that disreputa
ble chummery of Peter’s a great
deal too often,” he exploded ir
ritably. “Peter is only iust starting
anew job and he’otrght to get on
with it. He goes out much too
much.”
“But we do things very cheaply,
always, father, and it doesn’t affect
his work.”
“That isn’t the only reason I’m
annoyed, and you know it. If you’d
been home, I should have asked
Crampling to dine with us. He told
me he tried to get a dance with you
this evening, but your program
was filled. You’re being extremely
stupid, Petronella.”
Petrel felt shaken and angry.
“We had breakfast with Mr.
Crampling. You’re always throw
ing that man at me. He’s nice, but
he’s too old!" At this moment she
wondered whether she hated, or
loved Burma. Loved it, she sup
posed. most of the time. Until. a3
now, all her pride was raised in re
bellion against it. If only she were
free to live as she pleased! She
would take a job in one of the of
fices, and set up house with Peter.
She would commit a social offense,
but she would be self-respecting,
free. But it was unthinkable, fa
ther said. In Singapore, or in
China, yes. but not in Burma, or
India. He could not allow her to
work. One was never free, when
one was young and dependent.
This scene was a repetition of thrf
one last week. It did not do any
good a flare up, as she had done
last time. To insist that she was
Willing to go home, if she failed
to marry before he retired, to earn
her own living. Her challenge only
drew forth ugly warnings of in
evitable failure, which shook her
confidence, in spite Her
father went on: i
“I want you to make friends
with men who :oaid afford to sup
port you. I’m not suggesting you
should get married. or even en
gaged yet awhile. You’re too
young. But you’re getting into the
wrong set. It will land you in a
foolish, disastrous entanglement I
can only afford to keep you here,
and entertain for you, for a year
or so. until I retire.”
Petronella understood his point
of view, but disliked it. desper
ately.
“I can’t help liking them so
much better, father, the younger
people. I’m not in love with any
one.”
“Well, you can go with Peter
tonight, but you must see less of •
them in future,” her father grum
bled. temporarily mollified. “It’s
for your own good. You’re too old
to hang on to your brother as you
do. You should have outgrown
that childish hero worship. Hero
worship! Of Peter! Petronella
could not help smiling.
“You’re as thick as thieves, the
two of you.” Poor father! x ‘
He was jealous, just as he had
been in England. She was .sorry.
But Peter needed her, he always >
had. j
(Copyright. ItSt, Grace Klliott Taylorf
Tomorrow: A brook for Potor.
Grill are slated to cross bats in
the curtain-raiser, and Blue Sox
will meet Key West Conchs in
the nightcap.
First? game will get underway
at 1 p. m. sharp.
! Subscribe to The Citizen—2oc j
weekly. I
BUCS DOWNED
DUE SOX, 4-2
M. SANCHEZ WAS LEADER
AT BAT: SOX HELD TO
LONE SAFETY
An exhibition game between
Blue Sox and Roadside Pirates
yesterday afternoon at Navy
Field in celebration of Washing
ton’s Birthday ended in victory
for the Bucs, 4-2.
Mario Sanchez held the hard
hitting Sox nine to one lone:
safety, a fluke hit by Kelly in
the second inning. Sox did not
score for eight frames. In the
ninth, two errors and two infield
outs produced the two unearned,
runs for the losers.
Meanwhile, Pirates shoved over
a run in each of the first three
stanzas. The last marker came in
the sixth inning. Only two of the
runs were earned.
Hitting star of the contest waSj
M. Sanchez, who poled two sin- j
gles in three tries at the plate. !
M. Hernandez garnered two out;
of four.
Score by innings: R. H. E. 1
Blue Sox .. 000 000 002—2 1 3
Pirates 11l 000 lOx—4 9 9
Molina and J. Fernandez; M. i
Sanchez and D. Lopez.
Umpires: Wells and F. Acevedo. 1
CLASSIFIED COLUMN
FOR SALE
MODERN BRICK BUNGALOW.
Two bedrooms, enclosed sleep
ing porch, bath, living-room,
dining room, breakfast room,
kitchen. All conveniences.
Bargain, reasonable terms. 1117
South street. febls-s
FOR SALE-—Lot, 48’x50\ corner
Duval and Louisa streets; two
lots, corner Bertha street and
Roosevelt Boulevard; two lots
on Pine Key, lOO’xlOO’, good
location. Apply 1212 Olivia
street. decl4-s
FOR SALE—Lot 8, block 5, Mar
tello Towers, $3,000. P. L. Wil
son, phone 598, Key West.
febls-lmo
*
FOR SALE—Cabin Cruiser, fully
equipped, engine and hull, in
very good condition. Newly
renovated. Reasonable for cash.
Apply 506 South street. declOs
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FOB SALE—Lot on Stock Is
land, waterfront Also, lot cor- i
ner sth and Patterson Avenues
near Boulevard. Apply Box
RC, The Citizen. aug3l-s
1
CORNER LOT, 50x100 feet. Cor
ner sth and Staple Avenue. !
Apply Box D, The Citizen.
nov2-tl
WILL SELL LEASE on Island
City Hotel, 31 rooms, 411 Wil
liam St., remodel to suit.
George L. Fuller, 1023 Watson
St. febl6-s
FOURTEEN-FOOT BOAT, with
four-horse outboard Johnson
motor, fully equipped,. $l5O.
1217 Petronia street, rear.
jan4-s
FOR SALE—II% acres Planta
tion Key, 3% acres on ocean,
BVi acres on Bay, on Highway,
all high land, beach front on
both sidfs. P. 6. Box 23. Key
West sept7-s |
FOR" SAU^-One”lot, 100 by 50'
feet, on Hig Bine Key, $225.00.
Answer, Box AK, cjo Citizen.
fc- feb2l-s |
FOR SALE—2 lots, each 50x100*. ;
Run from Washington to Von I
Phister street. SI,OOO. Ap
ply Rear 1217 Petronia street
aug9-tf
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FOR SALE—BO acres on Big Pine
Key; %-mile frontage on high- j
way. Centrally located. High
land and fresh spring water.
Write or see B. E. CALKINS,
Ramrod Key, P.O. feb2-s
FURNISHED COTTAGE, 623
Division Street. Automatic hot
water, Frigidaire, newly furn
ished. Apply 625 Division
Street. feb7-s
FOjt SALE—Double house on
Charles Street, $2,500. Apply
625 Division Street. feb7-s
FOURTEEN-FOOT SAILBOAT,
with well. $35. 1217 Petronia
street rear. jan4-s
j
FOR SALE—Double Corner Lot
Desirable section. Will divide
Apply box DOM, The Citizen.
febl-{
TWO LOTS on Washington
street, 90 feet front 112 feet
deep. SI,OOO. Apply 1219
Pearl street. novll-s
TWO-STORY HOUSE, modern
conveniences. Near Casa Ma
rina, lot 163’x98\ Apply 1125
Von Phister street oct3l-s
THE KEY WEST CITIZEN
CAGE TEAMS WILL
PERFORM TONIGHT
SCHOOL VARSITIES MEET IN
NIGHTCAP. GIRLS IN
OPENER
For the first time this season,
two girl basketball teams will
compete for victory honors. The
clubs will meet tomorrw night at
the High School Gym in a do.u
bleheader, beginning at 7:30
j o’clock.
Andrew Jackson High five of
Miami will tangle with Monroe
County High School varsity five!
lin the nightcap. The locals de-!
feated the Cavaliers on the for- i
mer’s road trip recently.
Conchs have confidence thatj
tomorrow on their own court
they will add another victory to
their slim win honors. However,
the Cavaliers are coming with
blood in their eyes and will not j
go down in defeat without offer- ;
ing a stiff battle.
Sergeant Solt and J. V. Wood- j
son will referee the Conch-Cava-1
lier fracas and it promises to be;
a hard-fought affair.
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sons. For particulars, apply
1112 Varela street.
tues-thurs-sat-tf
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LOST—Fifty dollar bill, in vicin
ity of aquarium or Post Office.
Reward if returned to Virginia
Hayden, Valdez Inn, 521 United
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LOST—Bunch of Keys on de
signed Key Ring. Kindly re
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WANTED TO RENT—House, four
to six rooms, by the year. Box
XlO, The Citizen. feb22-7tx
FOR RENT
FURNISHED HOUSES—aII mod
ern conveniences. 1114 Grin- ;
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feb2l-tf
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