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Chapter 10
!.nve *.n<! War
“II’IIY da you think there will
be a raid?" Petrel a?ktd.
Pelei leaned forward “Bccau'e
We were left in Deace last night,
is the reason everyone is being •
given Actually, it is because rein
forcements have joined the rebels." j
“Are you sure? How do you
“I've been out all night.”
During the day she found that
his information had been Correct-
Others were spreading the same
news round Madrid, whipping it
into panic. There was a scared
high strung look on people's faces i
That night they all three dined
together “Asa matter of fact !
shall be very surprised if Madrid
falls bpfore Christmas." Tmy
staled Petronella was amazed, but
Peter agreed with him
‘This place, by nature of its posi
tion. is a natural fortress ”
“They re recruiting hard. They
have food.” Tony added.
“It seems impossible they can
hold oet,” she shook hei nead To
day. she had seen weary, dis
traught refugees waiting to be
taken down the road to Valencia
She would never forget their faces
They had been people without
heart. They had left treasured
homes behind them, to be looted
and spoiled But safety was a
dream which few believed tr.ev
would ever attain. Militiamen naa
been helping pile them, their be
longings. and their children, into
lorries, and on to pitiful lutiecairis
There had hern wrinkled old peo
pie. and tiny babies Some of toe
children who had been wounded,
wore ban dag -s
“There s another reason why it
will go on." Tony told her “Soon.
Spain will be pleading for non
intervention as hard as we are. It
won't he het fight any longer Tm?
country will be the battleground
for a duel between Communism
and Fascism. Barking each side
will be the powers who believe
they dare not let heresy w;n. See
if I’m net right I won’t be a .fight
between landlords, and peasants,
any longer ’’
, Later in the evening Petronella
asked her quest’on “Tony i* your
Ijob here nearly finished?” lie
Jookfd heck at her.
“You're my job As soon a*
>r you’re ready to move, we’ll go
* home”
j “Darling liar!” He wanted her
to lehve Spain But she knew tie
would not staV away “In that caae
your job is here I'm staying ”
Thry argued with her. bu* half
heartedly Tonv wanted her here
but he wanted her safe Two con
tradictory things But if it had to
be a choice, he would let her de
cide He believed that her life was
her own. to risk, if she preferred
danger to suspense and loneliness
in England.
But at least, they both insisted,
she must agree to go to the British
Embassy They found it better to
shift for themselves hut in the
present suspicion, panic and con
stant shelling ?nd air attack, it
was unsafe for her to go out into
the streets
“Very well, tomorrow, if they’ll
have me.” she agreed.
That night, the city of Madrid
lay in darkness There was a silver
crescent of anew moon They sat
on the veranda of their hotel, wear
ing coats over their paiamas. and
listened to the hum of insurgent
planes approaching. Petronella’?
hand was in Tony’s, warm and
• sure. It was strange, to fee! at once
.so hanpv vet so afraid. Thov
looked up Against the enchanted
‘ blue of the skv was silhouetted
the skyscraper of the Telefonica
Its lights were lowered as the
dronft of the Sovoias grew in vol
“It’s odd—l’d forgotten there
was a skyscraper in Spain.”
‘‘lt makes a target the insurgent
artillery can’t miss.” Tony told her.
In the hush which preceded the
din of anti-aircraft of the scream
ing whine, and deafening explos
ions of bombs falling on the honey
comb of University city, and the
Puerto del Sol. Petronella remem
bered that Aunt Maisie had fore
told this night as she lay dying.
Strange Wedding
ON the following day. Petronella
purchased her mattress and
moved to the British Embassy She
was transported thither in a car.
upon whose sides, back and roof
were whitewashed the words:
“Cuerpo Diplomatico.” “Evacua
tion of Women and Children.” and
whose bonnet was draped with a
Union Jack.
Then began anew, strange life,
spent chiefly in helping the other
British women, who soon became
her friends, to cater, and wash,
and clean, for between two and
three hundred men, women, and
After a thorough inquiry, Pet
ronella had felt it impossible to
advise a refugee center so near
Madrid. She wrote to Clare, offer
ing to organize a camp further
from the city, or to help in any
center which was already receiv
Yacht Maripatche, which ar
rived in port Monday from J
points on the east coast and was
berthed in the submarine base,
sailed yesterday 9 o’clock for
Havana, having received the
ing children. in Vrkp • Clare
had answered that wdhld cali
her up as soe-n as she had wy’rk
for nor to do But at present, there
were a gn at many ti.fTiculiies. ar.d
it might be another month or two
before she had the organization
sufficiently advanced to hoed her.
She showed the letter to Tony.
“Living tn a besieged city seems
looms I mostly Cooking and wash
ing up” Pi troneMa smiled at him.
He took her small, rough hands.
| and kissed them
”1 wish you were living here,
too I may not have many chances
j of cooking for you. ’ she suggested.
For when night came and the city
was in darkness, the droning ma
chines would again be overhead.
She always awoke horriblv afraid
j that the ‘Bristol’’ might have suf
| ferel a direct hit. Or that Tony
1 might have been helping civilians
in the streets, and h: ve been him
self killed or wounded.
They made varied friends,
among the British residents. The
chief subji ct of c> nversation seem
, cd to be whether they should leave
( the city, or remain Manv of them,
who had their homes and work in
Spain, were staying mm noping that
some n.iratde would cause the c;tv
' to return to the pleasant place thqy
repiembefcd and loved ,
A week later. Petrel be
i side Tony Lance in the English
; Church, tr i Rosa its* One of the wtn
} dows had’hr: n broken by shrapnql.
■ There were ssndbags protecting
merr.oral/, and sandbags lying
ready to be replaced- round the
! org~n. as soon as she and Tony
Lance had been married
It was a strange wedding. There
i were strange guests At the recep
tion t.ne refreshment buffet pre
sented an unusual appearance. On
Petronelias wedding cake was a
sugar model of an insurgent acro
• o!aru* Strang !v clad dolls, loaded
horseshoes, and bells into it.
“bombs." for tonight’s raid. The
car which drove Petronella and
Tony from the church was pla
carded. ar.d d'eorated with the
British fag T.ieir health was
drunk in Spanish wine.
Chiefly Heaven
OFTEN, during the, weeks that
followed nor wedding'. Petn.n
ella remembered Tony’s words,
spoken in the qorr.ri r ofjthe train,
before Albacete .Spam' was at
once hell and heaven But chiefly
heaven, she decided As Peter had
promised, one .;ds<rP grow accus
, timed to war Bhp was deeply in
love She accepted the possibility
that a stray shot might end her
hanp:nc?s ' ” •' 1 *i i-O-i
Except for touring the fronts,
occasionally, with Peter. Tonv did
j not run unnecessary risks. But
there was often rescue work, in
: the dusty des'rfactfbrr of th<?stree*,s.
J after shelling S:.J raids* At'bther
! times he was occupied by" rounrf
i :ng up additional stores for the
| Embassy He had no work of his
j own to do. vet. He was waiting.
The time she feared came in'"
early November Now. there was
snow on the great lin? of moun
tains behind Madrid The fighting
was in the city itself The great
buddings of University city were
gaunt ruins. Airplanes overhead
were bombing the last stronghold
of the m litii. From many win
dows. and from the iron worked
balconies of the tall, scarred
houses, hung white flags, and
| sheets, in token of terrified sur
j render Refugees crowded ;.vtldly
out to Valencia, believing that the
: onen highway must at last be cut.
Men. women, and children were
| being called hysterically to man
the barricades. Re in forcemeats
; which had born promised had not
i arrived Complete
: Madrid.
Inwardly tremulous, with hor
| *or. but outwardly calm. Petron
: ella and the British residents
i went on with their jobs She was
j laying the long tables for the next
sparse meal, when Tony found her.
with his news. He came close to
; her. and while he kissed hjer. told
I it to her in a low voice.
“I’m sorry, my darling. I’m fly
ing to Burgos tomorrow Officially,
it is Alicante—you understand?”
He stood back, meeting her eyes.
“I don’t want to leave you here.”
Taking his arm she led him out
side, where there was no danger
of being overheard.
She understood very well. If his
plane was seen to alter its course,
he might be shot down by gov-
I ernmeiu anu-aircralt. as a spy. cr
l a deserter. So he must leave at
nigh! He was sure of nis pilot.
But there was danger that he
might be mistaken for a govern
ment bomber, and brought down
over insurgent territory.
“1 want to see you safely out
of here.” he told her “Believe me.
darling, if this comes off success
fully. it is probably the last really
dangerous job I shall have to do
in Spain. It will be the last I’ll un
dertake. Because of you. But there
is information which I must de
liver personallv to Franco My job
lis diplomatic, advisory. It will be
the last job. Petrel.”
She did not laugh at him. She
believed he really imagined he was
promising a possibility. Tony w3s
very anxious for her. and very
much fn love.
iCovvriQkt. ISS9 Grace Elliott Taylor)
necessary papers from the Cuban
Consul's office.
While the vessel was in port
two members of the crew im
bibed too freely and were unfit
for duty when the ship sailed, in
fact one of them was in the city
It became necessary to sign on
two men in Key West and the
names of Allan Knight and
Manuel Hancock, both young
men of this city, were placed
the vessel’s papers.
will open pisy on /ipril 16. Lees
burg under the leader
ship of Nellie Leach, is rated the
Lest club in the circuit, having
almost the tame players as last
year when tney won the cham
Tommy West will manage the
Day tona Beach nine, and Dale
Alexander, former batting champ
of the American League, will
, ilot the Sanford club. These
two managers are newcomers in
the league.
Veterans who will return to the
Anglers are Groat, Willie la Paz,
Drew.. Risk, Gobel, Marina, Tra
v is. Hardee, and with some very
good rookie talent, the Leesburg
outfit will be hard to beat.
Sanford is also strong. Joe Engle
will send enough talent to Pilot
Alexander to make that club a
contender for first piace. Sid
Hudson, Joe Finder, Cieo Jester
will leturn to the hurling staff.
LailgstOn and Stith will be back
on the club. The rest will be
newc(n<afs. 3 •'
The G-Men. under Don Mc-
Shinc, will have‘a good outfit.
Only three of the 1933 players
will be back. Tiiey are Living
ston. Sparkman and Gallagher.
Larry Gilbert of Nashville will
ship talent to the G-Men to keep
them in the race.
John Ganzel of Orlando will
have Sam Cole, Alabama Smith,
Frye, Pete Sehire, Bailes. Kaika
and Eluoit. and a bunch of good
At Daytona Beach, the Cardin
als will help manager West, and
with Donnelly. Weznick, Nied
son. Steen, Shreaba, Pee-Wee
Walker, Stafani and Slay a good
club will start the season. In
Loonardt. Knublaugii they have
two good rookie pitchers.
At Palatka, Bill Lietz will be
the manager and 11 players from
*ast year’s squad 2re ready to
: tart. They are Andrews. Gaddy’,
Ivey, Miller, Occaillini, Trammell,
Kina id, Eubanks and Floyd, with
loi r promising rookies.
Lee Meadows will mastermind
the DuLand entry. The c-x-major
Whguef .will build a club around
tiled. Andci*son, Al. Smathers and
jHi. 3 * Newell from last year’s
.tcany Tik rest of the outfit is
mack- up of rookies, recommend 4
cd by Pat Patterson, last year’s
manger. They are Ly’nn Warren,
Schaeffer, Tone?. Harrington and
Belknap. Waren and Schaeffer
are from the University of Flor
ida, Tor.es from Tampa and the
other two from sandlots at De-
The mystery team of the league
is the St. Augustine Saints, un
uei manager Allen Mobley. Fred
Herring bought the club from Joe
Cambria and has four of last
y ear’s regulars on the club, Judy’,
who managed the team; Kirk
land, Helm and Howell. Rookies
include Palisano, a catcher from
Buffalo; Joe Navvaro from Key
We.-t. and the skipper. Pitchers
include Eickeler. Gadek. Lowers,
Bundy’, O'Neal, O'Higgins, Miller
and Wickers. Infielders, Kirk
land at third, who will have to
flop some to beat Roberts Brown
r.d Mario Hernandez, who are
ityipg.QUi for the job; Bill Snyder
A snoitstop. battling with Kelly
j >r tiiat position, and J. Carboncll.
Judy. Covvchi, Howell, Headon
*>nd Kirkland, all trying for an
infield berth. Outfielders, Bar
celo. Helm. Howell and a flock of
rookies President Herring brought
down from Baltimore.
BOBBY SCHULTZ, the genial
clerk at the Sports Cigar Store,
j picks the big leagues to finish in
‘ the following order: National
Here* H 7.:: v® of A tig where
t i '4 3 Hi -■
FLOODS, in the Ohio FJver valley. Hurricane, in New 4 *
England. Cyclone — lire—-anywhere. -And as soon IIP m*,
as the disaster occurs you know that skilled telephone
men will be pouring in to reestablish your vital tele
phone service. Because of Bell System standards, a good
telephone man is good anywhere. He works with Bell
standardized methods and tools, on standard equipment
and apparatus, with which he i3 familiar on his daily job. _*, i v
That is why, wherever there is a telephone job to do,
lie is prepared to work with maximum speed and effi
ciency. barked by a!l the experience and resources of an
organization six decades strong in service. And though
research will continue to change the telephone system, W
unchanged will be the fundamental American ideal of the
telephone man, that you know as “The Spirit of Service.”
lorurponlrd jMKHMFRK fag *
dreds of fans got. out of Sunday's
championshhv^Risebafl-game be
tween Key West Conchs and
Roadside Pirates was the laugh
ter at the expense of umpire
Max into Gonzalez, w’ho called
“ball” on Covington’s first pitch
after Daviia, Pirates’ lead-off bat
ter, took a healthy sw’ing at the
pitch and missed by a foot. To
all indications the old apple trav
eled so fast across the pan that
neither the umpire nor the batter
saw it go by’.
fonso, who filled in secondbase
for the Bucs. He struck out thre*
consecutive times all because
“ever/ time I stepped to the pan
someone in the grandstands
would whistle a tune called ’La
Conga Se Ba\” Alfonso, by the
way. is a rhumba dancer and
mat acker player and the tune
mentioned happens to be his
favorite. I'nl. - :
. TiFf'
IT WAS RUMORED around the
stands that Berlin Sawyer had of
l red a baseball bat to the player
who hit the first homerun. Peter
Castro, fast thirdsacker of the
Blue Sox. may be glad to hear of
this as he was recorded with the
f’rst c.nd only circuit blow at
Trumbo Field as yet.
had a pretty bad day in the field
at shortstop during the Conch-
Pirate fracas, was responsible for
three of the Conchs’ five runs.
His deep fly’ to centerfield scored
Freddy Carboncll in the third in
ning to tie the score and a hard
liner to left sent Lucilo and Villa
real across the pan for the win
ning runs in the fifth inning.
pionship game next Sunday. This
was the official announcement
made by’ Manager Roy’ Hamlin of
the Key West team. He is taking
his club to Miami for a contest
scheduled in that city.
who played centerfield against
the Conchs in the game last Sun
day. handled flyballs like a big
leaguer, and certainly w’on the
admiration of the fans for trying
his best at bat against the docepr
live pitching of Lefty “Cannon
ball” Covington, who whiffed
’em by with bullet-like speed.
hit the first homer in the new
field, M. Acevedo, Blue Sox
catcher, goes down on record for
the longest drive, although he
only reached second on the hit
Acevedo’s blow traveled high and
fa.t to deep left center.
GiLLERMO DIAZ, Sox twirl
rr, not only surprised the writer
with his work on the mound, but
fans as well. Diaz, a veteran of
m, ny a ball game, pitched a beau-
League Chicago. Cincinnati,
Pittsburgh. New York. St. Louis,
Boston. Brooklyn and Philadel
! hia; American League—New
York. Boston!’ Detroit. Cleveland.
Washington., Qticago, St. Louis
: i;j Philadelphia. '
KELLER is the only rookie to
crash the Yankees’ lineup
season. He replaces Selkirk at
left. Gthtr good rookies on the
Yanks’ club are Gallagher. Hen
rich. although he played last
year and may replace Gehrig at
fir; t this season; Bruer and Rosar.
Rosar will help Dickey behind the
Staff Correspondent
Florida News Service
Thiity-eight senators, ninety-five
representatives, an army of aspir
ir.g attaches, regiments of lobby
ists. flying squadrons of newspa
per correspondents and two
pixachors, whose pray'ers for har
mony ana intelligent delibera
tions sounded the keynote of the
opening ceremonies, began Flor
ida’s biernial legislative battle
nere Tuesday with thousancs of
;ax payers back home hoping for
the best bat expecting the worst.
There wasn’t anything particu
larly unusual about the conven
ing of the 1939 session. Governor
Cone’s message lived up to ad
v_nce expectations and the lead
ers of both branches issued their
customary predictions that the
toys would be able to get down
to business with a minimum of
delay and finish the job within
the constitutional sixty days. Nev
tiful brand of ball and fanned
seven of the Seafood Grill’s best
hitters. The Gnllers just couldn't
solve "Qumo's” slow, underhand
cad side arm delivery.
MARIO SANCHEZ, the pitcher
with the mustache of the Pirates' |
c*e\v, tells us he can beat the
Key West team any day in the j
\. v ck ii Armando Acevedo is kept
out of the lineup. Asked why he
pa l denial iy mentions the name
of the ice delivery boy, the Bucs'
mouiulsn-ian with the slow, ten- j
taiizmg ball, answers that Ace-j
vedo can hit any pitcher when
he makes up lus mind to do so.
building anew ball field that I
iilt belong to the- public was
realiz'd last Sunday as the Tium
i’aik was formally opened
with two local crack baseball
clubs fighting for the city’s cham
pionship honors. Hundteds of
daaebail enthusiasts jammed the
grandstands, bleachers and stand- j
ing room to capacity, passing
voftis of compliment to the mail
caftter, who has so whole-heart
edly labored for the past six j
months in an effort to give the,
poits fans an athletic field. Thi.
colunin congratulates you, Mr.
leftficlder, tried to get Coving-!
Lon s goat when his time to bat
came, out LeUy didn't let that
bother him muen and he shot his
delivery so fast across the pan
that the cocktail shaker couldn't
see ’em go by. Hi; last trip to
the pan saw Davila trying to bunt
but instead got an infield hit over;
Lefty’s head. Was the Miami
twirier ajrgry! Grr! Previously
Lie nightclub shiek had fanned
boys. Rogelio Gomez is to take
over the Pirates’ management
aiLr the championship series.
manager of the Piiates. has an
nounced that he is leaving for.
Boston. No. he will not tryout
with the Bees. Mario has bee-n
lucky enough to have landed a
job in that city.
ertheless. your commentator can
not agree with the Pollyanna
lads, who hope rgainst hope that
the dove of peace will flit nimbly
fioin rostrum to rostrum. Be
neath the paens of brotherly love,
which resounded trom the vault
ed domes of both chambers, we
-elected one or two sour notes as
■i one of the bull fiddle players
over in a comer had gone to re
hearsal without his music.
If you listened attentively to
tile* talk around the corridors and
in the hotel lobbies, you would
..u\ e heard murmurs of revolt and
whispers of guerilla warfare that
may break out before the new
members have located their com
mittee rooms. Most of the rebel
lion rumors emanate from the lit
le county contingent and the rea
son. obviously, is that racetrack
revenue suit down in Dade coun
ty, which the big county boys de
ciibe aa “most unfortunate”.
In spite of all the oil the big
-■ounties are pouring on the
tor.r.y waters, however, the at
ack upon the lacetrack law has
pLyed hob with hopes for har
mony and county blocs were
farmed a week before the session
Lurking in the busnes. too. arc
the proposed senate investigation
A Joe Widencr’s k/,islative party
it Hialeah, which has been pro
moted by Senator Ernest Graham,
and a reported audit of the office
■A State Comptroller Jim Lee, the*
.alter allegedly made at the be
hest of Fred Preston Cone him
Just when the audit of bow Jim
Lee has been spending his money
will be dropped into the hopper
has not been determined. But. if
nd w hen it is brought before the
legislature, you can exocct an
explosion that will rock tne dome
and break windows in the college
dormitories two miles away.
Getting back to the humdrum
events of a routine opening, how’-
ever, the* theme song is the same
old melody set to a brand new
lyric. Every two years, somehow’
or other, the state needs more
money and this year is a record
breaker leeause everybody up
here is broke, except the state
librarian. Schools busted: general
revenue wallowing in the rc*d;
prisons and hospitals filled to
cverflow’ing and no money to
build additions. Apparently, the
only loos- money lying around
the diggings has been earmarked
for the bondholders with the re
suit that some ot the legislators
re wondering if it isn't more im
portant to keep the schools open
man to meet interest. So we
noticed a group of bond houioc
obbyists sitting in a hotel lobby
urrounded by two nerve spe
jialLts and six trained nurses!
There will be some sort of sales
iiix passed at this session. Paste
■.his prediction in your hatband,
it may hit only cigarettes and
cigars or it may go whole hog
and cover everything from safety
pins to sedans. But we found a
formidable bloc in both the House
and Senate leaning towards some
:oi t of sales tax and most of the
members think the schools and
It's all in the Point of View
America, too. may be viewed in a dis- HJH
torted mirror. But thanks to those who ' s ®
see with understanding, our country has **lll I
grown great. In this land blessed with
boundless energy and skill . . . rich in BMP.'*/*
human as well as natural resources . . .
the successful man of tomorrow will give mg / J /-M
credit to his clear understanding of to- gum fßrLv.
day. New opportunities invite us daily J| ||
to share by doing . . . to have
courage for day-to-day problems and '
confidence for long- range planning. Such
is the program cf those who are young -~JT
in heart and viewpoint... and it is they j
whom America rewards. ■ " n T """ t
jCwe, jCifie... Cvtty qc£cUn minute, ofi it
Cttfcnf /SudiveiA&i ...Cvetof qeiden (hop oiit
Jtmdweiser p*l
otiNK Budwis#r tot nvt Mn W
FiAvot mtmmt
RjdunH fA' ~
the old folks should get the rev
Another safe prediction, in our
opinion, is the passage of bill?
that will hit the salary buyers
and loan sharks a Tony Galento
kit to the button. The salary
buying "mduitry” has waxed fat
at the expense of the poor devil
who can't get a dime at the bank
i. ut must keep a roof over his
iiead and clothes on his back.
Many legislators, after reading
recent reports on the actual work
ings of the small loan companies,
with interest running as high as
300 percent a year, believe these
firms should not be enUtled to
t. urge more than the legal inter
c. t rate and, if this knot is tied in
the tail of the loan shark tiger,
the "business” will be ended for
ail time in Florida.
Organized labor is here in force
and the mam . .sue is the wage
hour question, plus legislation
that would give a carpenter the
ri;iht to collect his bill. The state
ivderation, under the leadership
of President Charles Silva, has
worked out a comprehensive pro
* or - *■■ 3r
Travel rates are down—and again Florida
Motor Lines lead tha antira field with new
low lares throughout tha South and to al
America—fares and service that no other
type cf first class transportation can asst chi
Grand news for millions who plan vaca
tion trips—for it moans mors miies for lean
money, a far wider range of vacation at
tractions. mere days of pleasure with *’wTu—
saved by Florida Meter Lines. While fares
go down, service and convenience go up
—with more frequent schedules in new
Zephyr buses.
Corner Southard and Bahama Streets
gram and indications point to en
actment oi moat at the federa
tion's measures
As reported in this column re
cently. the House is taking ail the
early play away from the Senate
because Speaker Wood's pre ses
sion committees have gathered
all sorts at data pertaining to
nearly everything except hum to
cure weekend halitosis Conae
quently, you may fiad the r—on
settling down to the Huu pass
ing the bilb and tb S.-uao
amending ’em—and many a tali
will wind up in conference
As these lines are wnttrr.. the
attache situation remains a moot
question There was a trend to
ward economy at the outset. But
we’ve never seen so must game
looking widows out at work’
it is our guess that thr fegi la
ture's payroll will be about tv
same as two years ago However,
the percentage at stenographers
able to take dictation faster than
four wards a minute may be earn
siderably higher Effineary
marches an!
these lew fares
Jacksonville S 7-5S
S L Petersburg TMg
Tampa US
Orlando fiJfi
Miami Ufi
W. Palm Baach 2Jfi
Bok Towar LN
Silver Springs 7-25
Tallahassee fijfiS
Chicago 21JS
New York Mi
Atlanta 12AS

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