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DANGEROUS SERVICE _____ The Characters Peter Mallone: Adventurous journalist. Petronella: His sister. James Randall: Their childhood friend. Yesterday: Feeling she could never stand life with Tony, Petrel returns to England. Chapter 33 James 'T'HE bell on the bright red door 1 of the shop rang for the hun dredth time this afternoon. James entered, and stood on the thresh old of the warm, bright, steamy in terior, looking with satisfaction at the gay decorations, the hang ing lines of calendars, the shelves of quaint gifts and toys. Outside, it was dark, damp and foggy. But here, the Christmas rush of Ball field shoppers defied depression. It was three days before Christ mas, and this frail business, at whose birth he had assisted, with so much misgiving, showed every indication of growing, lustily. Four country women, with arms full of parcels, and bulging bas kets, were engaged in choosing toys, under gray-haired Moro vitch’s guidance, or were turning over Christmas cards. Tamara, wearing the outlandish, gaily embroidered Russian coat in which she worked in winter time, left her customers, and stood with her back to him at the foot of the stairs. “Petrel!” she called, in that high, fresh voice of hers, which had lost little of its accent “Pe trel! Will you bring down three dozen Herald Angels, please!” James stepped up behind her. He could never resist teasing Ta mara. Everything she did seemed to invite it. His face took on an ex pression of deep gravity. “I’d no idea. I hadn’t heard. So young!” “Heard what?” ‘That poor Petrel had joined the celestial choir!” ‘Stupid! She is up in the stock room, bringing me more Christ mas cards, because they are all selling out. Hardly any of my mod ern cards. In Ballfield they are like men, they prefer angels. I can not talk to you now. Go away! Help, Petrel ” “With the angels? Certainly!” He pretended he had not under stood her jealous little thrust. He W’ent up the murky, narrow stairs, that led to the three-room flat where Tamara and her father lived. Petrel had been home all the week, helping them. She and Colo nel Mallone were going to be at the Cottage for Christmas. Peter, so far as James knew, was still in Rifssia. Petrel was worried be cause he was still with Lance. He did not blame her What she had seen of his work had not been re assuring. He could not help being glad of her new abhorrence. But he must make the most of his op portunity of seeing her. Petrel was, for some reason, unapproach able these days. She was self-as sured. yet shy. friendlv. yet eva sive. She was tricky. With Tamara busy in the shop downstairs, she should not make any excuse, this time, to leave him with his ques tions unanswered. He found h n r packing a tray to take down to Tamara. “Tamara is having a boom!” her voice was impersonal. She looked away, refusing to meet his eyes, and picked up her tray. But he was not going to let her bolt, this time. James blocked the doorway, and took it from her. He felt awk ward, but determined. Petrel could not have changed not reallv. “That is too heavy for you. and it’s top heavy, because you’re in too much of a hurry.” He adjusted the boxes of colored notepaper. He sot a round-eyed doll on the top of the pile. “She reminds me of you, these days—that glassy stare.” ‘We Have Changed’ TTE MADE a move towards her, FT but Petronella evaded his arm. “It isn’t Christmas yet.” “And that isn’t a promise,” he challenged. “Look here. Petrel, when you suddenly came home, and explained why. I thought a lot of apparently foolish things. I’m going to confess them. I thought, ‘At last the girl has come to ner senses. She appreciates me as I de serve. She has come home to me!’ ” “It was my fault you felt that— at first,” she admitted. “It is the way fools jump to con clusions.” “No, I saw it like that, too; on the rebound. Now, I see it more clearly. We have both changed, James.” “You mean something happened to make you change your mind.” “In a way.” “Petrel,” he besought her, “soon after you came home, I went for a walk, and looked at that house they are building, on the Ridge. I sold out my risky investments, and bought gilt-edged. I refused to join a party for winter sports. Was I really mad?” “I don’t know. That’s why I’ve been trying to avoid having this out Because I don’t know the an swer. And I want to be honest “Instead of behaving to my schedule, you spent most of your MANY ORDERS MINNEAPOLIS—PoIice of this city turned over to a psychiatrist a 15-year-old bedridden boy who had become bored and ordered the following unwanted items for a neighbor: 75 bottles of liquor, 6 orders of chow mein, 35 deliveries of coal, 10 grocery or ders, 3 radio repair trucks and a tow car. by GRACE ELLIOTT TAYLOB* time in London. Who have you been seeing, there? Colin?” “Yes. He is engaged to Jean Grant. They’re very happy. And I’ve been seeing father, Marigold, Martin Rowdon, Molly and her husband; isn’t he awful? Several people who are home on leave. All my old friends, in fact. I meant to visit Clare Horton. She was sept home, ill. She’s in a nursing home. But I doubted whether she’d re member me, and I simply didn’t find time.” ‘Then that doesn’t answer the question. There is no one special?” “No, James.” “You could have invited them all to the cottage, in turn, and rung the News, at all hours, about Peter, without leaving Ballfield. Why didn’t you stay, and try to get to know me again?” “Because I saw you had been getting on very well without me, while I was away. I didn’t want to spoil anything,” she said briskly. “I felt what I suppose I am—an outsider.” He flushed. “If you mean Tamara, you’re being ab surd. There has never been a thing Of course, I’m very fond of her I’ve tried to instil some or ganization into this business. That is all.” He was speaking the truth, James told himself thankfully. Not that it had been easy. Tamara was attractive. He had necessarily seen a good deal of her. But he had realized that once started, there would be no going back. If he made love to her cousin, he would lose Petrel. That fellow Lance had let her down, just as he had ex pected that he would. “I knew you’d come back,” he said. He had always run a strong second. Now, the favorite had fall en. But because of one or two scenes he remembered playing with Tamara, which she might have misconstrued, he asked her. Kisses “IT WASN’T anything Tamara * said, which made you go away?” “No, nothing anybody said. Just the general feeling. You’ve been so good to her; you kid her, in a way that shows how well you un derstand her.” “Yes, it’s a funny thing, that I should understand a foreigner, but I think I do.” “Are you sure she doesn’t de pend on you more than you imag ine?” “To ask a counter question, has Petronella Mallone anyone to de pend on, at present?” He was close to her. She let his arm encircle her shoulders. ‘That isn’t a fair question. But I’m doubtful, James. Although, for the moment, I feel this under mining urge to be looked after, I may be quite wrong. Up till now. I’ve been independent Probably I shan’t feel submissive, for long. Perhaps I’ve wandered too long to settle.” James stooped and kissed her forehead gently. “So long as this mood lasts, why worry? Poor sweet life isn’t altogether kind, is it?” “Not altogether, James.” The next moment she was holding him, and he was kissing her. But there was no passion, only com fort in their kisses. He thought, “She has been gone for a long time. We shall grow together. She is still the Petrel I knew as a child. But she is older in experience than I am. Those experiences will fade.” He remembered the pile of her let ters, which he had kept He re membered that she had seen shooting and revolution. In Spain, she had seen massacre and hang ings. Petrel knew the face of cruelty, disease, famine, human suffering. Yet, although he had known none of these things, and was a little timid of his own igno rance, he believed that he and Petrel could find happiness to gether. So long as her fear of her own restlessness was mistaken. So long as, within her new, evolved personality, there was still her old simplicity. So long as life had not given her a craving for excite ment, which their home would not satisfy. They heard footsteps on the landing. Tamara stood in the door way, staring at them with her dark eyes. “Hello, there! I see you are very busy, doing much good hard work!” She did not look at Petron ella, but at James. Although her lips smiled, he felt uneasy because of what he read in her eyes. “You have always loved Petrel, haven’t you?” she asked bluntly. “Yes, I think I have. You know how often I’ve talked to you about her." Tamara strolled into the room. She shrugged her shoulders. She answered with flippant, out spoken hardiness. “Oh, yes! You told me often enough. But in Russia, when a man tells a girl how miserable he is, for love of someone else, who is an angel, she knows he is not far off consoling himself. But in Eng land, I suppose it is different You are dull, cold blooded and faithful! Don’t you think I care!” she shout ed. For a moment her face was dis torted. An after thought smoothed it “There are other men; yes, even in Ballfield. And I do not feel about men as Petrel does, about her Tony Lance. No, thank you! It is not happy to love like that That is why I am glad. Petrel, if you are now sensible.” fCopyright. 1939. Grace KUiott Taylor) Tamarraw: An enticement is sn nounced. ONLY RED PAINT ‘ BUFFALO, N. Y.—Firemen of this city rushed their colleague, William Denney, to a doctor shouting that he was bleeding to death from injuries received fighting a fire. The doctor wiped his face and dismissed him. A can of red paint had burst in his face. | NEW MURAL FOR FLORIDA EXHIBIT AT THE NEW; YORK WORLDS FAfit ..ji | Jig • ’ 8 ’ ** Vm®# 3Kp|f “The evolution of transportation” will be the title of anew moral painted by Byron Stevens, chief of the art department of Florida National Exhibits, which will adorn one of the walls of the main Florida building at the New York World’s fair daring the coming summer. Every known means of transport from the caravels and ox carts of the time of Ponce de Leon, the discoverer, down to the present stream lined age with its fast trains, steamships, automobiles and airplanes, will be shown. KEY WEST IN DAYS GONE BY Happenings Here Jnst Ten Years Ago Today As Taken From The Files Of The Citixen A legislative measure, which would permit the catching of crawfish during the open season and placing them in cold storage to supply the trade during the, closed months or prohibitive pe riod, was the object of a confer-; : ence between the Monroe coun- j ty representatives to the legisla ture and Paul Petrich of the Coronado Fish Cos., at Islamorada. Fla. Mr. Petrich shows that ! every state has a law similar to that suggested except Florida and believes that it would be of great benefit to the state if the legisla ture should pass one, and should also bring great benefits to those who are in the crawfish industry. The representatives told Mr. Pet- ; j , rich they were very much im pressed by his suggestion and that they believed that there was a probability of such a measure being put through at the coming session of the legislature. 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