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THURSDAY, FEB. 25, 1943
QuOftRIS THE STORY SO FAR: An orphan sine* the as* of seven, Charlotte (Cherry) Rawlings has been attending Saint Doro thea’s school for girls. She knows almost nothing about her early history, but has gradually eome to realize that she has no family. When she Is twenty Judge Judson Marshbanks comes to arrange for her to quit the eonvent. He Is her co guardian with Emma Haskell. Cherry remembers Emma as her mother’s nurse, and when the Judge tells her that Emma has gotten her a secretarial posi tion with the wealthy Mrs. Porteous Por ter in San Francisco, where Emma Is now housekeeper. Cherry hopes that Emma will tell her more abont herself. She goes first to the Marshbanks mansion and dines alone with the judge as Fran, his young wife, and his niece, Amy, are dining out. Kelly Coates, an artist, drops in. It is evident to Cherry that Fran and Kelly are interested in each other. Cherry falls easily into her job with Mrs. Porter, who Is old and semi-invalid. She is jealous when she sees Kelly and Fran at a party given by Mrs. Porter, and when he steps to talk with her she says he will never think anything of her be cause she is a Saint Dorothea’s girl. Emma tells Cherry that her sister Char lotte was Cherry’s mother. Kelly, with Fran in his old car, picks up Cherry while she is biking and takes her to his Sausalito studio. Now continue with the story. CHAPTER VII After lunch he begged them to leave the table disorder just as it was because he could not wait another moment to show them his paintings. —and they went to the big bam studio and while Kelly dragged out and dusted canvas after canvas Cherry and Fran were looking and commenting. Neither one assumed any knowledge of his art, but he ac cepted their criticisms gratefully and pointed out details of technique with no thought that he might be leaving his audience somewhat be hind him. Presently Fran drifted to the great north window that had been cut down to the floor, and stood look ing dubiously between long home spun curtains at the now steadily falling rain. Kelly went over to stand beside her, and after a moment Cherry returned to the house thrilled by the mere nearness of their emo tion and realizing what this moment alone might mean to them. For she had not been blind and deaf to the apparently casual phrases and glances that had been sprinkled through the luncheon talk she was not unaware that Judge Marshbanks was Othello she had even heard Fran at a moment when she sup posed herself out of hearing in the kitchen answer some remark of Kel ly’s with a patient: “Because he may find out about it and it’ll be all right if I say she was along!’’ and then, in another second: “No, but I did promise, Kelly, and I’m breaking my promise.” Cherry had heard no more, and what she did hear had not surprised her. She had surmised from a quick, open remark or two made in the car that Judge Marshbanks had asked his wife not to see Kelly, and that the two had met by chance and were risking a discovery that might have been extremely uncom fortable for them both. And when she found herself alone in the kitchen, she began to feel a certain shame and discomfort in the part she was playing in their secret. She felt ashamed for them and for herself. When the kitchen clock said quar ter to four, she went back to the barn. Fran and Kelly were still standing at the window looking out at the rain that was mingling now with an early dusk. It was raining steadily again when they went out to the open car. Fran had refused Kelly’s suggestion that they telephone for a taxi. She had said, “We’re late nowl We’ll be home in twenty minutes let’s make a dash for it!” The women were bundled into snug raincoats with bandannas tied over their heads. They packed them selves into the wide seat and raised an umbrella close over them. A quarter of a mile down the hill there was a bad turn and Cherry felt the \3 "/KATHLEEN NORRIS w 11 Bl After lunch he tegged them to leave the table disorder just as it was because he could not wait anoth er moment to show his paintings— W.H.U.RELEAS* horrible sensation of wheels skid ding, and instantly they were wedged in a ditch with the engine’s nose stuck into a dripping bank. When repeated efforts had proved that the car would not move with its load, Cherry and Fran got out and stood still, laughing philosophi cally under their umbrella. “Don’t hurry. I’m just as good as divorced now," Fran’s voice with its poignant note of laughter and tears said calmly. “This’ll only take a minute,” Kel ly struggled gallantly for fully ten minutes, his arms wrenching at the steering wheel, his face red. “Damn it!” he muttered under his breath, as the wheels spun around uselessly in a deepening groove of soft earth. “We’d better go back, I think, and telephone for a taxi,” Fran said. “Lord, I’m sorry about this,” the man said apologetically. “The old bus never let me down before!” Sausalito could supply no taxi but San Francisco obligingly offered to send one. While they waited Cherry tele phoned Emma she had come with friends to Sausalito they were de layed by the storm they would be home in an hour please tell Mrs. Porter that she was sorry. Emma answered that the old lady had felt ill after luncheon and was in bed, so that Cherry need not hurry. This relieved Cherry’s mind. Fran was restless and uneasy and Kelly miserably aware of it. His happy day was having the worst possible conclusion he had.long ex hausted apology and encouragement, and could only settle down with his guests at the fire and make the best of a bad job. It seemed a long, long time be fore the honk of a taxi was heard outside. Fran insisted that Kelly should not come with them they said hurried good nights and were off. “Cherry,” Fran said then, calling her by her name for the first time, “will you do me a great favor?” “Of course,” Cherry said with a slightly quickened beat at her heart and a puzzled look. “I want you to come home with me. It’s perfectly obvious,” Fran explained, “that we’ve been caught in the rain together. I want my husband to know that you were with me.” Cherry was strangely stirred. Fran, the remote and proud, had made her the recipient of her confi dence, or at least part of it. She said that she would gladly go home with Fran before going on to her own destination. Fran did not pursue the subject further, and at six o’clock they en tered the front door of the Marsh banks house. Molly and Martin, maid and butler, came forward im mediately, and Fran asked anxious ly if Judge Marshbanks was at home. No, not yet? Cherry felt the relief in her voice. Where was Rous seau? “Right here, Madame.” The chauffeur appeared and Fran drew him aside for a moment’s talk. “Rousseau says Jud had to go to San Jose to court this afternoon,” she then said as she and Cherry went upstairs, “and he’s coming back late with Mr. Trotter. So that’s all right! You poor child, you’re shivering. I have to go out to din ner, but why don’t you stay and have some with Amy? The poor mouse is in bed with a cold!” “Yes, do yes, do!” called Amy from her room, and her first ges ture of friendliness so warmed Cher ry’s heart that she could go to the room door and look in upon its pink ness and warmth and coziness as she explained: “I’m all wet and horrid!” “Take a bath in my room, here I’m dying of loneliness all my friends are afraid,” Amy said ea gerly. “You’ve just been taking care of flu, so you’re in no danger. Stay and have supper and talk. I’ll lend you a hostess dress." “I’d love it,” Cherry said gladly. She was about to enter when an unexpected and unfamiliar voice be hind her made her turn and find her self facing Fran and also facing a magnificently impressive older woman, a woman of perhaps seven ty, who was staring at her with a surprised and unfriendly eye. Fran had been welcoming this stranger, commenting upon her ar rival a few days earlier than she had been expected from Florida, ex plaining her own plight. Now she introduced Cherry: “Miss Rawlings, Gran. Cherry, this is Mrs. Marsh banks, the judge’s mother.” “Miss who?” demanded the old lady sharply, following Fran after a perfunctory nod to Cherry. Cherry heard Fran murmuring in answer the words were indistinct but her tone was conciliatory and apologetic. Suddenly the other wom an’s voice sounded clearly just be fore Fran’s bedroom door closed: “Of course I know who she is I knew the minute I saw her! And I won’t have Amy know her I won’t have her in this house!” Cherry stood still for a moment, idly reflecting upon the bad temper of this proud, handsome old lady. At the moment it did not occur to her to attempt to give these words significance, still less to connect them in any way with her insignifi cant self. But they remained indel ibly imprinted upon her memory, and the day came when they found their rightful place in her story. Judge Marshbanks came into the room while Amy and Cherry were talking and seemed pleased to find them so cozy and friendly. He was tired after a long day in the San Jose court, and regretted frankly that he could not have supper with his niece and her companion. “But Fran and 1 are going out to dinner and I must go and dress,” he said. “So you got caught in the rain, did you, Cherry?” “Oh, we were drowned!" Cherry said. “Over at Coates’ place, eh?” “Things going pretty well over at the Porter house?” “They’ve both been sick, you know, Mrs. Porter and and Emma.” She flushed brightly on the last word it seemed disloyal still to call her no more than that. But evidently he saw nothing amiss. He told her that she looked very nice in that thing of Amy’s, and that Rousseau was taking Fran and him to the dinner and would then come back and wait for Cher ry. “Oh, I can walk! Only two blocks and it’s stopped raining,” she pro tested. But he would not hear of it. Rousseau was to call for them after their dinner party at half past ten he would be on service any way. “Well, be good. Come and see us again, Cherry,” the judge said, and when he was gone the girls fell to eager talk again. There was a light in Emma’s room when she quietly climbed the stairs. Cherry went in, sat down near the bed and poured cut the story of the day. Emma listened in the convales cent’s mood of weary content until Cherry came to the request from Fran that Cherry on the return trip come first to the Marshbanks house. “Why on earth didn’t she drop you here if you were dripping wet?” “Well, we weren’t quite dripping. We’d sort of dried out over at Mr. Coates’ place. But she was wor ried for fear Judge Marshbanks would be mad at her.” “For going to have lunch with Mr. Coates?” “They’ve got an awful crush on each other, Aunt Emma.” The title slipped out, Cherry’s face turning red as she heard her voice saying it, and Emma’s slow flush burning in her thin cheeks in an swer. “I can’t help it. I think of you as ‘Aunt Emma’ now,” Cherry said, laughing, but a little frightened. “You can call me anything you like,” Emma conceded briefly. “So Mrs. Marshbanks thinks she’s in love with tills painter?” she asked. “He’s certainly in love with her,” Cherry answered. “I’ve never tfiet Judge Marsh banks* second wife,” Emma said, reflectively, “but I’ve seen her, and she looks like one of the women who live for that sort of thing. They’re always the ones with good husbands too.” “He didn’t seem very angry. He came into Amy’s room, and he was awfully nice. Amy’d had flu, and since we’d had it here, there didn’t seem to be much danger of my bringing it back, and so I had sup per with her. We had it on trays, and it was lots of fun!” “I thought you didn’t like Amy,” Emma said, quietly watchful. “I didn’t.” Cherry had a swift moment of surprise that Emma knew it. “She was extremely snob bish when we had the dance here for Dorothy,” she said “but she was lovely tonight. Oh, and Aunt Emma! Her grandmother is back she got back today. She wouldn’t come into Amy’s room because of the flu, but she brought her all sorts of things—you’re sick again!” “No just a little faint. I don’t believe I’ll ever get my strength back again,” Emma whispered. In the morning, old Mrs. Porter had a serious setback and was dan gerously ill. A few strange days—a week went by doctors came and went law yers came and went. Judge Marsh banks had a long talk with Emma. The telephone and the doorbell, both muffled, were constantly in action. All the world wanted to know how old Dovey Porter was faring. Just two weeks from the rainy day when Cherry and Fran had come home truants from Topcote, the old lady quietly passed away. The judge and Amy and Fran came to the funeral in the cathe dral with hundreds of other black clad folks. Cherry and Emma with the entire domestic staff were mod estly placed at the side of the church. (TO BE CONTINUED) Armorsville Mr. and Mrs. Carl McCafferty called on Mr. Wm. McCafferty Fri day evening. Mr. Dale Owens and son Tommy, Chester Kiracose, Frank Hutchins of Lima called Sunday afternoon at the Owens home. Mrs. Mabel Cookson and son and daughter, Mrs. Helen Nonnamaker and daughter and Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Klingler called on Mrs. Eva Mont gomery of Ada, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Klingler called on Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Klingler and family Sunday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. O. P. Hartman were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Grismore and family. Mr. and Mrs. Olan Allan and son Alex of Bay Village and Miss Ida Gwens were Monday callers at the Owens home. Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Montgomery and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Hankish, Mr. and Mrs. Wilhelm Am stutz, Mrs. Ida Early were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Gratz and daughter. Pvt. Victor Moser, Ethel Downey were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Moser and family. Afternoon callers were Mrs. Herbert Moser, Miss Phyllis Seicker and Howard Hover. Mr. John Boedicker and son of Lima called Monday at the Chas. Montgomery home. Mrs. Chas. Montgomery Jr. spent the week end at the Chas. Mont gomery home. THE BLUFFTONNEWS. BLUFFTON. OHIO Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of articles giving information designed to prolong the life of various house hold appliances whose manufac ture has been practically elim inated because of the war. Observation of a few simple rules in the care of the family electric vacuum cleaner will prolong its life for the duration of the war and pos sibly for a long time after that, it was indicated in a report made pub lic by home -management specialists from Ohio State university. Hints For Maintaining Your Vacuum Cleaner At Top Operating Efficiency The following Do’s and Don’ts have been suggested as important for the conservation and maintenance of efficiency of the electric vacuum cleaner. DO 1. Maintain a correct relationship between nozzle lips and rug. The revolving brush cleaner should not push too easily or too hard. There should be some beating action if noz zle height adjustment is correct when a half dollar or yardstick will just slip under the nozzle lips. The noz zle on the straight suction rank type cleaner is regulated by the user. The nozzle must be held tightly against the rug. 2. Push the revolving brush clean er at a regular speed—not too fast nor too slow—using short strokes rather than pushing over complete length of rug. The tank type clean er shouud be pushed with short strokes, for most effective cleaning. 3. Be careful that the cord is not cut when the handle is lowered to the lowest position. 4. Keep the bag clean. This means not only emptying often but turning wrong side out and brushing. 5. Keep the brush roll free from hair and threads. If the brush bristles are worn so that no adjust ment will put them slightly below the nozzle lips, then replacement of brush roll or brush bristles is neces sary. 6. Check the belt to see that it is tight enough that the brush roll turns with even, continuous speed while nozzle is in contact with rug. Replace belt if necessary. 7. Keep all screws, bolts, and pins tight. Due to lack of such care switches, handles, and various other parts will become loose, resulting in much expense and inconvenience. 8. Keep the sections of the rigid tubing (tank type cleaners and cleaner attachments) tight. If they are difficult to get apart don’t pry or force them. Use penetrating oil at connections. 9. Have carbon brushes cleaned or replaced whenever sparks occur in the motor. Sparks are an indication that proper connection is not being made and a burned out motor may result. 10. Keep attachments in a place where they are easy to get. Provide basket or other holder in which to carry them about the house. 11. Make the utmost use of your cleaner to lighten the job of house work and to keep things cleaner than is otherwise possible. Think up ways of using attacments such as clean ing cracks in floor, and cracks be tween floor and baseboard. DON’T 1. Don’t push the cleaner over the cord nor pull on cord either from the motor or convenience outlet. 2. Don’t allow base or handle to bang up against furniture or base board. This not only harms furni ture and woodwork, but will jar mechanism and may also cause han dle to be damaged or come apart. 3. Don’t allow sharp objects such as pins, tacks, stones, to come in contact with fan blade. Pick such objects up by hand. A nicked fan or belt will result which will greatly lower efficiency. 4. Don’t use the cleaner if motor is overloaded. Il* the motor operates sulggishly or if sparking is noted, have the cleaner checked by com petent service man. 5. Don’t push the cleaner over ridged or sharp edges. The nozzle or wheels would likely be cut, which would decrease cleaning efficiency or make the cleaner more difficult to push. 6. Don’t use a belt which is too loose or too tight. If the belt is tight a greater load is put on motor, causing it to overheat. If the belt is too loose the belt slips, and the brush roll turns unevenly, thus de creasing the efficiency of the cleaner. 7. The air in which the dirt is carried must get out through the meshes of bag or else less air will come in, which reduces cleaning power of machine. 8. Don’t hit the bag against rough surfaces. It is almost impossible to repair holes in bag cloth. 9. Don’t wash the cleaner bag. 10. Don’t wind cord tightly about posts. 11. Don’t allow the flexible tubing (tank type cleaner and other type cleaner attachments) to become twisted. 12. Don’t store the cleaner where the bag, cord, etc., may be harmed. Keep in dry, clean, location. 13. Don’t give your cleaner to an unknown person for repairs. The “bogus” repairman sometimes says that for a small charge he will re pair the cleaner at “his” shop. He may try to collect for authorized work or he may not return your cleaner. YOU AND YOUR INCOME TAX Following is one of a series of articles issued by the Bureau of Internal Revenue designed to help clarify requirements of the 194t Revenue Act for those who are new income tax payers.—Editor INCOME FOR FARMERS Farmers, which include livestock raisers, fruit and truck growers, poultry raisers, and operators of plantations and ranches, are liable for Federal income tax returns pro vided their income is sufficient to require the filing of returns. Pri marily, due to the reduction in the credit for personal exemption, many farmers will be liable for returns and to the tax for the first time for the year 1942. Farmers may maintain their records and file their returns of in come on either the cash receipts and disbursements basis or on the ac crual basis of accounting. A consist ent method must, however, be em ployed. If a cash basis is used, Form 1040F, “Schedule of Farm In come and Expenses,” is required to be filled out and filed in conjunction with Form 1040. Use of Form 1040F is optional in the case of farmers who report income on the accrual basis. A farmer who re ports income on the cash repeipts and disbursements basis (in which no inventories to determine profits are used) must include in gross in come for the taxable year (1) the amount of cash or the value of mer chandise or other property received during the taxable year from the sale of livestock or produce which were raised, regardless of when raised (2) the profits from the sale of any livestock or other items which were purchased and (3) gross in come from all other sources. Under the accrual basis in which inventories are used to determine the profits, farmers’ gross profits are ascertained by adding to the inven tory value of livestock and produce on hand at the end of the year the amount received from the sale of livestock and produce, and miscel laneous receipts of income during the year, and deducting from this sum the inventory value of livestock and produce on hand at the begin ning of the year and the cost of livestock and produce purchased dur ing the year. All livestock, whether purchased or raised, must be in cluded in inventory at their proper valuation. Livestock acquired for draft, breeding, or dairy purposes and not for sale, may be included in the inventory instead of being treat ed as capital assets subject to de preciation, provided such practice is consistently followed. If farm produce is exchanged for merchandise, groceries, or the like, the market value of the articles re ceived in exchange is to be included in gross income. The value of farm products which are produced by a farmer and consumed by his family does not constitute taxable income. Rents received in crop shares are to be returned as income as of the year in which the crop shares are reduced to money or the equivalent of money. Proceeds of insurance, such as hail and fire insurance on grow ing crops, are required to be includ ed in gross income. Amounts received as loans from the Commodity Credit Corporation may, at the option of the taxpayer, be considered as income and includ ed in gross income, for the taxable year in which received. The election once made is binding for all subse quent years unless the Commissioner approves a change to a different method of accounting. Amounts re ceived under the Soil Conservation and Domestic Allotment Act, as amended, the Price Adjustment Act of 1938, section 303 of the Agricul tural Adjustment Act, as amended, and the Sugar Act of 1937 consti tute taxable income to the recipients for Federal income tax purposes. An adequate supply of burlap and paper sacks for handling the 1943 wool clip is expected. Paper twine should be used for tying fleeces. Elrose Revival senices will be held at the Olive Branch Church beginning March 1st. Rev. Paul Zimmerman will be the speaker. The Bethesda church will start their sendees the 15th of March for a two weeks’ period. Rev. Irvin Kauffman is the pastor in charge. Remember these services. Carol Fisher, age 9, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Fisher was removed from her home to the Lima Memorial hospital for treatment. This neighborhood wishes her a speedy recovery. Shirley Battles of Mt. Cory, was an over night guest of Judith Ben roth, Thursday. Week end callers at the Arthur Nonnamaker home were: Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Koontz son Robert and June Gallant and Mr. and Mrs. Rol land Koontz and family, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Stauffer of Bluffton. Glenn and Faery Nonnamaker call ed Sunday afternoon at the C. V. Klingler home near Ada. June Gallant was a Sunday guest at the Thomas Koontz home, the Koontz family spent Sunday evening at the J. R. Fisher home. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Marshall and family, Mr. and Mrs. Lendon Basinger and family spent Sunday evening with friends in Fostoria. Callers last week at the M. J. Stratton home were Milton Benroth, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Klingler and family and Mabel Battles. Jeanette and Gareth Basinger were supper guests of Kaye Non namaker. Mr. and Mrs. Lendon Basinger called at the A. J. Non namaker home Monday evening. Hotbeds in these times are not always places to start plants. Hous ing conditions in some towns are so bad that beds are rented on an eight-hour plan. 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