Susan of the WAVES - Chapter V

Clipped from US, California, Oxnard, Oxnard Press Courier, October 15, 1943

Dlstr by L'nitrd Feature Syndicate, Inc.Susanglamoursomeone to think about now, when flying those lonely trips across the Atlantic. He would be able to smile and remember the loveliness of her.III41• «f* Vi • It i # tS t i e u uin OTHi,i rSuddenly Susan s mother appealed trembling, and she held a telelt;u h aNo A:.\ a toi theButbuaanmam(Ui!ai lasts to:1P.K II Willmr.ucr o:I*vt aBrlaicnr-(nnor : inen-oeftV't PC)» a: eu? ru*no5* l •'rtttf 10* ** *Itor.ikeo:oom sa:a ‘The remotn^T ^ She wstrr# c r 0 v Far inn* t-air^ r. ia neefa Harvet *ttn est tnir-K:n^ *Nc '-'cr.aerr.erpr *SusaoEsterbrook New Torfcgirl. ha* received proposal* of marriage from Pierre Dupre, a Fighting Frenchman, and from Dick Craig, who i* about to go to Washington to take a war Job. but she turn* down both men. She I* considering joining the Waacs or the Waves, partly because she wants to emulate the patriotism of her favorite cousin Rankin. who is overseas. One night she meets Harvey Rogers, a %oung flyer w ho looks so much like Kankin that it does something to her heart. They are instantly drawn to each other, and arrange to meet for lunch the next day at the Rockefeller Plaza skating rink In the morning. Susan receives a telephone call from Dick, who tells her that he is leaving for Washington that afternoon Susan promises to cut short her datewith llarvey and see him off. Then site meets Harvey at the rink.CHAPTER V CUSAN and Harvey ate their ^ lunch hurriedly, as they were both eager for some skating.“I wonder if, as in swimming, one shouldn’t skate before an dour after eating.” said Susan. No time to wonder aboutthat.” said Harvey, as he led tier out to the nnkTime tairl.v flew Silvei skate' mssed over the ice. while Susan die figure eights, and Harvey oettercc her Then they skated togethertheir hands interlocked And then u was three-tlnrty‘I must fiy1’ said Susan ‘Dick will oe tearing his hair ’She hurried up the steps Haivey at her heelsI'll get a taxi. she called dacxto/urn You are coming to dinnerat seven-thirty ”Am I9” said Harvey Wonder tu. Where do you live’”li e m the oook!' Susan «aicias she leaped into a taxi ’tv us-Sixty-fifth Street—James Ester-orook /'And then the taxicab whiriec;er awayHarvey stood at the curb What r girl! de w’ondereo if sne eve: staveo in one place tone enougr ■o take a really good oreath 8utrnat a sweet Kid! He would naveT was seven-fifteen that evening when Harvey arrived at Susan’shome.She was putting the finishing touches to her toilette when the maid announred him Her mother was with her“He’ll have to wait a few moments. Susan. her mother said I want to hear more about vou and Dick You say vou only had a little time with him?”A very little tim^ ’’ said Susan “We had to forego the cocktails he suggested, and talk fast as we went to the gate ”But vou could have put off the luncheon engagement and nave had more time with him You know I’ve always dreamed ol you and Dick marrying, and—“And it's time vou woke up. Susan said a little crossly “and stopped your dreaming.“Are vou planning to marry Pierre Dupre?” Mr.^ Esterbrookasked“No.”Has he asked you to’Yes. He even described a villa he has m mmd. overlooking the blue waters of the Mediterranean Hnw sweet of him! Weren’t you thrilled?”or iponeup pose no t o•e a • it4 i• * f *' i ' V i t T •lt;• V » » V 4 \ lit ... * . : iA as tenvear.Ycu’li i p1S|il*1 .* i iwhenit p*ast.nirt * iinVi: -JlCi * *4 *4 vi onanof-I if »I 4 » *vt Ut a k esateSu•e.r; 'No1i\•e*aOivnstairV-.Har \ rv ^orw % i 4 *•U elin^•estH 11C HTliei «± cma r \ r \ \.He: t?.t:Ann when -pf antereo ihc ruvchat tin?‘You re i r,a-as;} \I m iu:\ -» «was drawn to nun. She warmedto the young man herself, remembering her great fondness for Rankin. who had always seemed tike the son she might have had.Dinner was announced then and they went out to the dining room. Harvey drew a deep breath ot contentment when he saw the tableThere was a big bow ! of deep red roses in the center, candles in silver holders at either end. and heavylinen that gleamed softly vying with the old family silver andchina.The food was delicious, as were the wines served with it He felt warm and glowing way down inside of himself Peaceful this— the sort of life people were intended to live.Then, presently, the conversation turned to Mr. Esterbrook’s factoryHarvev said. “You men on the norae front, who’re working so hardto supply war needs are id .my estimation. Just as tmporfant to success as the men in uniform * “Thanks. said Mr Esterbrook “That bucks me up no end “Dad's been pining for a uniform himself.” announred Susan “Yes.” said Mrs Esterbrook Silly of him at his age“Age has nothing to do with one’s patriotic yearnings. said herhusband “Of course not.” Harvey agreed They had coffee in the drawing room, and it was there that Mr Esterbrook suddenly had hd Idea How about cominc out with Susan and looking ovrr the plant9 You could give the morale of my men a boost bv telling them what vou told me—about men in their line being lust as important as the men in uniform You mean make a speech?’askrd Harvey, with sudden horror “Exactly!”Good Lord sir I never made a speech in mv life.“It’s a good time to begin.” saidSusan“I’d Hkp to go through the factory.” said Harvey “but as for making a sprerh—nnxt),““Anvwav said Mr Esterbrook “think it over Susan ran drive vou 'nit for lunch in the factory cafe teria.”CDBAN rose Come on, Harvev I’ll show vou the conservator^ We’ve some flow’ers—and vege-tab’es *’“ Vegetables’ In a place likf thic9“Yes.” Susan replied “Some hot house radishes, encumbers and tomatoes “She took his arm and they wentHown the hall to the conservatory Harvev stood and stared at eucum oor« that were hanging on v1ne« ’■rained to climb a t.rplHs—also at ’r'lr'i’e nlants and radishes“Well’ he said “T wnuldn’’ nw helipved it' You folk' are reg dor Rr.rhnnks aren’t vou9*’“Not exaetlv ” laughed Susanenvwav not until lt;vp can rroslt; *hp eueumher' with the tomatoe' '^d have them eome out a salnd ’ slip lt;sat down upon a bench anc trorvpv to^k a nlaee beside her “T-m awf'tllv ioF von tlt;dkrd to r-'d as vnu did The noor dpaf’c i»pn rather unbanpv about no* in the middip of the fight ’ “He’s swell ” said Harvev “I«v^r*dcr T COifJrt rv'T’(V*lf fra speech before nil fhosr“Tt WOllId ^ pW- oniitr? *Pusan “You’ll en out for luneb ^nvnv won’t vou and have a look nr nlant^“You hot T viMHfFa^vov told her -T-vr olwav^ wanted to the In-of onr of tho ^nrtorio^ n*.h«rr rUov’rr turnina out somp of thry u^o on fhp bombors **9uddenlv Pusar*’? motbpr ar-moored Shp ^’a.Q TX’hjtp trpnbHrohold n tplooram in onr^u«:an 'xaueht hor brpathMMothorf Wliat jc 11*•*“Rankin.w her mother said Mhe’lt;ttp non —* . V•Killed?’ Susan oroke in. he: voice.scarcely mure Mian a whisper Her mother nodded, and handec ner the vellow sheet o! caper'To pe covti'nuetf (The character.s in this sprto/fictitious t• CoDf ot Gramercv Piion^Mcg Oo