MOMENTARY panic freezes your nerves as you teeter on the brink. The earth is diminutive and remote below. Suddenly a shout penetrates the insistent thunder of motors and you are falling . . . floundering wildly in the turbulence of a shrieking gale.By RONALD A. KEITH
BUTCH BAXTER had to grin. Over the nickelodeon entrance was a newly painted sign, “This Is Your Lucky Day.” Lucky? Butch’s lifetime partner, Bill Todd, had quit him an hour before to work in a club. That left Butch, a lanky, gangling streak of a Big Street pickpocket, to pick up a living all by himself.
THIS SUMMER any number of people will pack some hard-boiled eggs and some lettuceand-tomato sandwiches in a shoebox and, ants, bees and mosquitoes notwithstanding, will fare forth on a picnic in the country. And along about four o’clock in the afternoon, while junior’s clothes are hanging on the pasture fence to dry after an unpremeditated plunge into the creek, a sudden gust of wind will whip the newspapers off papa’s somnolent face and an ear-shattering crash of thunder will jerk him up sputtering and rubbing the sleep out of his eyes.By WILLIAM B. CRIST
IT WASN’T large, this wardroom on a Canadian minesweeper. It couldn’t have been more than 20 feet in length. Along one wall was a leather-covered lounge and nearby a square dining table with a deck of cards splashed across the tablecloth. The skipper, Lieut. Fred Naftel, a man with sandy hair and a quick grin, toyed with a spoon while his black coffee cooled.By TRENT FRAYNE
MANY YEARS ago when I had just come to England to live as , a civilian, Otto Kahn, the New York financier, was staying at Beaverbrook’s house in the country. It; was the year 1920 and conversation on the terrace at Leatherhead was about the possibility of Britain holding her place as a great world power.
DURING the past month the split personality of the United States has been laid bare. Or, perhaps rather, we should compare ourselves collectively to a successful business executive, professional man, or warrior, with an unhappy home life.By ERNEST K. LINDLEY
WAR business has brought in Canada. boom-time to the movie If you are a movie fan you don’t need to be told this. In place of dinnerware and bank nights there are long lines of patient movie fans waiting outside most city theatres for a chance to get in.By ROLY YOUNG KENNETH R. WILSON
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