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Evening star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, May 22, 1936, Image 38

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By E. J. H'trsch.
TACK had nosed
" the canoe into
the bank and now
sat gazing out at
the restless lake,
all green and sil
ver in the moon
light out from
"Beautiful!” he
murmured. "I hate
to think of leav
His words were
cold fingers around
Sheila's heart,
tearing at the
beautj his pres
ence had instilled
there. But she
must make her
voice pleasant; she
must not make his I
going hard.
"Oh, you'll for
get it all soon
enough—our lake,
our woods, even
"Beautiful!'’ he murmured.
you there will
never be another
“Not another
woman. Only your
work. I'd become
a fixture around
the house, like
your briefcase
Jack, I must have
peace, not the tur
moil you’re used
She leaned back,
staring at the
dark water under
the keel of the
"Father once had
led a life like the
one you plan;
nothing but work
day in and day
out—often into the
night. Mother has
told me about it
—how desperately
lonely she was.
us. You'll go back to the city, oaca
to your selling and buying, and not
Rive us a thought until your vacation
next year.”
"Sheila, you’re more than just a
vacation friend! Lord knows I thought
of you often enough during this last
year. I hoped you hadn’t changed;
and you haven't.” His smile was.
"But all this"—she waved her hand
to include the golden platter of the
lake, the blue dome of the sky, the
dark-tufted trees between—"all this
Is foreign to you. Jack. You may not
think so now,” as he began to voice
a protest, "but it is. You're ambi
tious. You want to WTest things from
life. Here we take what life offers
end are grateful.”
"Ambitious?” he mused. "It's nor
mal to want money, isn’t it?”
4c jjc jfc 4c
TIIS low, boyish chuckle seemed an
^ echo of the little brook that
purled over its pebbles somewhere in
the darkness behind her.
Strange that she knew Jack better
than he knew himself. "Money is
part of it. perhaps. But it’s the strug
gle, really. Even if you had a for
tune you'd still love the thrill of out
witting some one and carrying off
‘ Naturally, I wouldn’t want to go
to seed,” he said. “Money is just a
symbol of work. When a man stops
making money that's proof that he's
grown lazy—mentally ossified.”
“Father-?" she let the question
chasten him.
“Oh, I’ll admit your dad is an in
telligent man, but-”
“He hasn't much money, therefore
he isn’t a success,” she finished for
him. “But let's not quarrel." Why
had she mentioned her father?
Couldn't they make this last night
together a peaceful one?
“It's late,” she murmured. “You'll
have to get the early train-”
At the mention of leaving he leaned
forward, speaking impassionedly.
“Sheila, you didn't mean what you
said last night! You will go back
with me, w’on't you?” His voice was
husky. "I love you, Sheila. I want
you for my wife.”
* * * *
AREFUL! Her voice must not be
tray her. “No, Jack. I did mean
It. We would never be happy—1
know!” If the smile she forced be
lied her moist eyes he didn't seem to
notice. “I should give our marriage
about a year. For that long we might
be happy-” Happy! So exquisitely
happy! “But my marriage must be
a permanent thing. You'd forget me
too easily, Jack.”
“Sheila!” he implored, "I've told
But iatners nealth broke down. He
was wise enough to see how foolish
he was being. He came here and
learned how to live; how to be happy.”
"But, Sheila!” he protested, "your
father could take his work with him.
An author can do that, you know; a
salesman can't.”
"Snavely offered you a job here.”
"Oh. that! Wholesale groceries!”
His contempt stifled her arguments.
Why argue? Of course. Jack could
make a fine living with Snavely, i
"You see? There isn't enough ex- !
citement there. You'll never learn
to enjoy life, Jack. You're always
working for tomorrow and forgetting
that tomorrow is never any more
important than today.” !
"I don't understand.”
* * * *
‘■\VHY -” she paused. "When I
you stepped down from the
train four weeks ago you looked like
a walking ghost. That's what your
city and your work do for you. It's
so foolish! Here no one ever has a
nervous breakdown. What good is
your work if it makes you forget how
to live?”
He seemed at a loss for an answer.
"I eouldr t stand such an exist
ence.” she said flatly. "I'd be un
happy because I’d know that for every
day's salary you’d wasted a day’s hap
piness. I couldn’t make my marriage
a commercial arrangement, Jack. I
need leisure, peace; these woods, a
flower garden. You can't have all
that in the city.”
“Leisure, peace-” Jack seemed
to be studying. "Say!'’ he almost
shouted it, “that is an idea!” His
eyes shone with animation.
“Listen. Sheila, you’re right, of
course, about city people not enjoying
life! How's this for a plan? Your
father owns this whole lake and all
this land. He could make an ex
clusive camp here, stock the lake
with fish and cater to the tired busi
ness men. I'd manage it for him.
Say, I've got all the contacts in the
world! We’d make a pile of money!"
The compassion in her eyes had
turned to amazement, ther to a cold
fury, while he spoke.
Mockery and bitter disillusion gave
her voice a knife-edge. "You see.
Jack? A commercial arrangement!
Money—excitement—turmoil. Old men
with fishing poles in one hand and a
pile of office correspondence in the
other. Liquor bottles
She drew back and her voice was
perfectly composed
“You can take me home now,
(Copyright 193fl.)f
Official Says Danger of Accidents
Inspired Move to Check on
Student Guns.
By the Associated Press.
CAMBRIDGE. Mass.. May 22 —Har
vard officials revealed last night that
all dormitories were being searched
lor firearms.
Aldrich Durant, university business
manager, said the hunt was started
May 8 and had nothing to do with
the suicide Tuesday of a Williams
College freshman who first killed one
classmate and wounded another.
"University officials have felt be
cause of the possible danger of acci
dents that it w'ould be wise to know
how prevalent was the practice of
keeping firearms exposed in dormitory
tooms,” Durant said.
Restrictions may follow his report,
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