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MISS LULU BEIT
By Zona Gale Illustrated by Irwin Myers > IX—MAT.—Chiefly because the ripple ta her placid, colorless existence which the arrival of Nlnian will bring. Lulu Is Interested and speculative, meanwhile watching with something like envy the bojr-and-glrl love-making of Bobby and Diana. Unexpectedly, Nlnian arrives, In the absence of Herbert, at his business, and of Ina, resting. Thus he becomes acquainted with Lulu first and In a meas ure understands her position In the house. To Lulu, Nlnian Is a much-traveled man ot the world and even the slight interest which he takes in her Is appreciated, be cause It Is something new In her life. (Continued to 2nd column) (Story continued next week) State of Mississippi, Neshoba County. Governor Lee M. Russell, nnd the Honorable Pardoning Board: We, the undersigned officials of Neshoba County, Mississippi hereby petition your Excellency and Honor able body to grant a pardon to Eve lyn Mitchell, colored, convicted at the February 11)20 term of the circuit court of assault and battery within tent to kill and sentenced tor three years In the penitentiary. We respectfully submit that the aald Evelyn Mitchell has been salt! clently punished, even If she was guilty of the crime charged, and vvt being familiar with the facts recom tneud that she be pardoned at this time. Respectfully submitted, 10 26 2 Evelyn Mitchell et at. ■■ PURITY DRUGS We know what you want; the purest drugs. You want your prescriptions properly filled. You want only expert hands to fill your Doctor’s orders. That is why we maintain our QUALITY and SERVICE. TURNER’S Drug & Jewelry Store Phone 168 Exclusive Millinery The Latest Styles and at Moderate Prices. Open in the Hotel Rush Block in the old office of the NeshobaLandGo. Miss Ida Travis Scojmn^| Red Devil Lyc removes burnt grease and makes blackened iron pots and pans lock like new. Send for free booklet. Aheay* demand the genuine •a 111 JjJ ll Si fg ami Je t!v in tm "do dti. Untie. tt'i) do you gcod. Yon toiiMi me and go on." "Well,” sai<i Nlnian, ‘‘that’s what I say. You hustle for your lint and you come along." For the first time this course pre sented Itself to Lain as a possibility. She stared up at Nlnian. “You can slip ou my linen duster, over." Ina said graciously. “Your 'new one?” Dwight incredu lously wished to know. “Oil, no!" Ina laughed at the Idea. “The old one.” They were having to wait for Dl In any ease they always hud to wait for 1)1 and at last, hardly believing lu her own motions. Lulu was running to \ “Look Hece,” Said Nlnian, “Aren't You Going?’' “Me?" Said Lulu. “Oh, No." make ready. Mrs. Betts hurried to help her, hut she took down the wrong things and they were-both irritated. Lulu reappeared In the linen duster and a wide hat. There had teen no time to “tighten up” her hair; she was flushed nt the adventure; she had never looked so well. They started. Lulu, falling In with Monona, heard for the first time In her life, the step of the pursuing male, choosing to walk beside her and the little girl. Oh, would Ina like that? And what did Lulu care what Ina liked? Monona, making a silly, semi articulate observation, was enchanted to have Lulu burst into laughter and squeeze her hand. Dl contributed her bright presence, and Bobby Larkin appeared from no where, running, with a gigantic bag of fruit. “Bullylnjah!” he shouted, and Lula could have shouted with him. She sought for some utterance. She wanted to talk with Nlnian. “I do hope we’ve brought sand wiches enough,” was all that she could get to say. They chose a spot, that is to say, Dwight Herbert chose a spot, across the river and up the shore where there was at that season a strip of warm beach. Dwight Herbert declared himself the builder of incomparable fires, and made a had smudge. Nln lan, who was a camper neither by birth nor by adoption, kept offering bright ly to help, could think f nothing to do, and presently, bethinking himself of skipping stones, wont and tried to skip them on the flowing river. Ina cut her hand opening the condensed milk and was obliged to sit under a tree and nurse the wound. Monona spilled all the salt and sought diligent ly to recover It. So Lulu did all the work. As for Dl and Bobby, they had taken the pall and gone for water, dis couraging her to the point of tears. But the. two wore gone for so long that, on their return, Dwight was hun gry and cross and majestic. “Those who disregard the comfort of other people,” he enunciated, “cannot expect consideration for themselves in the future.” He did not say on what ethical tenet this dictum was based, but he deliv ered It with extreme authority. Ina caught her lower lip with her teeth, dipped her head and looked at Dl. And Monona laughed like a little demon. As soon as Lulu had all In readiness, and cold corned beef and salad had be gun their orderly progression, Dwight became the Immemorial dweller In green fastnesses. He began: / “This is Ideal. 1 tell you, people don’t half know life If they don’t get out and eat In the open. It’s better than any lonic at a dollar the bottle. Nature’s tonic —eh? Free as the air. Look at that sky. See that water. Could anything be more pleasant?’ He smiled at his wife. This man’s face was glowing with simple pleasure. He loved the out-of-doors with a love which could not explain Itself. But he now loslt a definite climax when his wife’s comment was heard to be: “Monona! Now It’s all over both ruffles. And mamma does try so hard. . . After siipper some boys arrived with a boat which they bandied, n d Dwight, with enthusiasm, gave the boys ten cents for a half hour’s use of that boat and Invited to the waters his wife, his brother and his younger daughter. Ina timid—not be cause hc was afraid, hut because she was congenitally timid*—with her this was not a .belief or an emotion, It was • disease. , w m CWeT oti danger **’ “Why, none. None in rhe world. Whoever heard of drowning in • river ?" “But you’re not so very used— *’ , Oh, wasn’t he? Who was it that hml lived in a boat throughout youth, if not lie? Nlnlan refused out-of-hand, lighted a cigar, and sat on a log in a perma nent fashion. Ina’s plump Ogure was fitted In the stern, the child Monona affixed, and the hoat put off, bow well out of water. On this pleasure ride the face of the wife was as the face of the damned. It was true that she revered her husband’s opinions above those of all other men. In politics. In science, in religion. In dentistry, she looked up to his dicta as to revelation. And was lie not a magistrate? But let him take oars in hand, or shake lines or a whip above the back of any horse, and this woman would trust any other woman’s husband by preference. It was a phenomenon. lailu was making the work last, so that she should be out of everybody’s v. When the boat put off without Ninlan, she felt a kind of terror and wished that he had gone. He had sat down near her, and she pretended not to see. At last Lulu understood that Nininn wa^ deliberately choosing to remain with her. The languor of Ids hulk after the evening meal made no explanation for Lulu. She asked for no explanation. He bad stayed. And they were alone. For Di, on a pretext of examining the flocks and herds, was leading Bobby away to the pastures, a little at a time. The sun, now fallen, had left an even, waxen sky. Leaves and ferns appeared drenched with the light Just withdrawn. The hush, the warmth, the color, were charged with some in fluence. The air of the time communi cated Itself to Lulu as intense and quiet happiness. She had npt yet felt quiet with Nlnlan. For the first time her blind excitement In his presence censed, and she felt curiously accus tomed to him. To him the sir of the time imparted Itself In s deepening of his facile sympathy. “Do you know something?" he be gan. “i think you have It pretty hard around here.’’ “I?” Lulu was genuinely aston ished. “Yes, sir. Do you have to work like this all the time? I guess you won’t mind my asking." “Well, I ought to work. 1 have a home with them. Mother, too." “Yes, but glory! You ought to have some kind of a life of your own. You want It, too. You told me you did— that first day.” She was silent. Again he was In vesting her with a longing which aha had never really had, until he bad planted that longing. She had wanted she knew not what. Now she accept ed the dim, the romantic Interest of this role, “I guess yon don’t see how It seems,” he said, “to me, coming along —a stranger so. 1 don’t like It” He frowned, regarded the river, flicked away ashes, hie diamond obedi ently shining. Lulu’s look, her head drooping, had the liquid air of the look of a young girl. For the first time In her life she was feeling her helplessness. It Intoxicated her. “They’re very good to me," she said. He turned. “Do you know why you think that? Because you’ve never had anybody really good to you. That’s why.” “Rut they treat me good.” “They make a slave of you. Regu lar slave.” He puffed, frowning. “D—d shame, I call It," he said. Her loyalty stirred Lulu. “We have our whole living—” “And you earn it I been watching you since I been here. Don’t you ever go anywheres?" She said: “This is the first place In —in years.” “Lord! Don’t you want to? Of course you do!” “Not so much places like this—" ' “I sec. What you wsnt Is to get away—like you’d ought to." He re garded her. “You’ve been, a blamed fine-looking woman," he said. She did not flush, but the faint, un suspected Lulu spoke for her: “Ytfu must have been a good-look ing man once yourself." His laugh went ringing across the water. “You’re pretty good," he eald. He regarded her approvingly. “I don’t see how you do It,” he mused, “blamed If I do.” “How I do what?” “Why come back, quick like that, with what you say.” Lulu’s heart was beating painfully. 'Hie effort to hold her own In talk like this was terrifying. She had never talked In this fashion to anyone. It was as if sortie matter of life or death hung on her ability to speak an alien longue. And yet. when she was most at loss, that other Luju, whom she had nevkr known anything about, seemed suddenly to speak for her, As ‘now: j “It’s my grand education," she said. She sat humped on the log, her beautiful hair shining in the light of the warm sky. She had thrown off her hat and the linen duster, and was In her blue gingham gown against the sky and leaves. But she sat stiffly, her feet carefully covered, her hands 111 at ease, her eyes rather piteous in their hope somehow to hold her vague own. Yet from her came these sufficient. Insouciant replies. “Education," 1 said laughing heart ily. “That's mttle, too.” He spoke a creed. “I ain’t never bad It and I ain’t never missed It." , “Most folks are happy without an education,” said Lulu. “You’re not very happy, though." “Oh, no.” she said. “Well, sir," said Nlnlan, “J’H tell you what we’ll Mo. 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