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Graeve, Oscar (ed.) / Delineator
Vol. 119, No. 1 (July, 1931)

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She awakened briefly once.   A  door
slammed downstairs, somebody came up the
steps, another door opened, there were voices
and noises, all blurred sleepily.
"Nellie's fainted!" She heard Uncle Jesse
daV.  Then somebody    rushed into the
Iathroom.
"The Verdick," she thought hazily.
Twinkie moved slightly. Bonnie felt the
-mall warm body relax and settle back to
-leep. She smiled. Darling Twinkie.
The next day Air. Jason came and stayed
a long time and Uncle Jesse did something
called Seeing the Newspapers. The News-
papers were men who came and talked with
Uncle Jesse in the living-room.
Bonnie was kept upstairs all that oay.
She and Twinkie played with a spool and had
a lovely time. She didn't see mama at all.
But some great boxes appeared with new
clothes in them for mama.
And the next morning, mama called to her.
Bonnie went into the bedroom. There stood
a woman in long, black clothes-why, it was
mama!
"I'm going to see papa, Bonnie."
"I want to go."
"No, darling" . . . Shall I give papa your
love?"
"Yes! And oh, mama, tell him-tell him
I've got a kitty !"
"All right, Bonnie." She put on her hat
then, but she did look so queer and bunchy
in her new black clothes; even her stockings
were black. She used always to wear light
silk stockings and pretty buckled slippers.
Then she pulled a big thick veil over her
face and went downstairs. Bonnie, looking
out of the window, saw her whisking to the
taxicab with Mr. Jason and Uncle Jesse. Her
arm was over her face as if, Bonnie thought,
somebody were going to hit her. Some men
with cameras were taking pictures of her.
"Come, Bonnie," called Aunt Nellie.
"Lunch time."
A GREAT thing was going to happen to
Bonnie.
Miss Adams came, talked with mama a
long time, and then later said to Bonnie,
"I've got a secret!"
"Oh " cried Bonnie. "Tell me."
"Well," said Miss Adams, "how would
you like to go to the country with me? You
and Twinkie."
"Oh!" gasped Bonnie.
"Would you like it?"
Bonnie couldn't speak.
"We'll take a train and then an automo-
bile and then we'll come to a little house in
an apple orchard-"
"Whose house?"
"Mine. Where my mother and father
live. 'Way up in the country in Canada."
"Trees?"
"Plenty of them."
"Can I climb them? And make a little
house up high, like Peter Ilan?"
"Yes."
"Oh."
"And there's a brook, and you can wade."
"And would you be there all the time?"
"Every minute."
"And Twinkie?"
"Yes. We'll take her in her basket. Do
you want to go, Bonnie? Would you be
happy up there in the country with me?"
"Oh, I would," said Bonnie.
"Then we'll go tomorrow. And,oh, Bonnie,
we'll sleep on the train. )id you ever sleep in
. little bed on the train?"
"No .. . Does the train move?"
aby
SUM1I1LR DAYS. . . when even the
gentlest of breezes brings nothing
but heat... and still he laughs in
glee. No summer upsets interrupt
his happy way of growing bigger
all the time. Lucky baby.. .with
a mother who knows that now is
the time for even greater care in
what her baby gets to eat...that
he must have in summer, as well
as winter, the things in food to
keep him well and help him grow.
In his dish of Ralston Whole
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he needs...things for his teeth ...
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and brightly twinkling eyes...
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IFred over to Aloes that night? St. Raphael
isn't a big place. They must have found it
easy to question the taxis that were
available."
"They're still hunting for the taxi."
"Let 'em  hunt! You're being stupid,
Nancy."
"I'm sorry." Nancy's soul was in mutiny
at Sophia's tone, but she tried to control
"Yes. You go to sleep listening to it. It's
like flying."
"Aunt Nellie," shrieked Bonnie. "I'm going
to the country on a train in a little bed!"
She ran out to the kitchen, then upstairs,
shouting to them all: "I'm going to the
country and we're going to wade in a brook
and Twinkie's going too.
That night when she went in to kiss her
mother goodnight, it struck her for the first
time; she was leaving mama. She was ap-
palled. She didn't want to leave mama.
"But I'll come later, dearie," said mama.
"In just a-" Her face seemed to go
empty suddenly. "Just a few weeks. And
next fall we'll find a little flat some place
and you'll start to school again.
"Why don't you come now?"
"Because-listen, Bonnie, and understand
if you can. Papa needs me here near him
just-a little longer. So, of course, I have to
stay, don't I? And you'll be happy with
Miss Adams, and then-I'll come."
A sudden fear clutched Bonnie, something
she had never thought of before.
"Maama, are you going to die?"
"No, child. I'm going to get better:
You'll see. And we'll be happy, you and I,
won't we?"
"Yes'm," said Bonnie dutifully.
"Come on, now, I'll put you to bed."
"Oh, goody!" Alama hadn't put her to bed
for ages.
THERE was a tremendous stir the next
morning.  Bonnie bustled around im-
portantly and Aunt Nellie bustled and even
mama bustled a little, tying Bonnie's hair-
ribbon and sewing a button on her blue
serge skirt.
Mrs. Diffendorfer waddled over with a
box of lunch.
"Dere's apfelstrudel in it," she told Bon-
nie. "Und aigs und peekles."
Miss Adams came at eleven. Bonnie was
all ready, in her blue serge skirt, white
middy blouse and brown polished shoes that
shone like looking-glasses. Twinkie was
crying in her basket. The suitcase was all
strapped and waiting, and the box of lunch
sitting on top of it.
Everybody was there, mama and Uncle
Jesse and Aunt Nellie and Mrs. Diffendorfer.
Miss Adams said, "All right, Bonnie?"
Bonnie put on her tam hastily.
"Will the train wait. Miss Adams?"
"Oh, yes. But we must go along."
"Well-" Bonnie started off.
"Aren't you going to kiss them goodbye?"
"Oh, yes." She darted over to Uncle Jesse
and put up her lips. then to Aunt Nellie.
Mama was standing very still by the radio.
Bonnie went to her, mama bent over.
"Goo'bve, mama."
"Goodbye, darling. Be good."
"Yes'm." Suddenly she flung her arms up,
caught mama around the neck. "Bear hug"
she cried laughing.
"Bear hug!" cried mama.
Then she seized Twinkie's basket and was
off, running out of the door, Miss Adams and
Uncle Jesse behind with the suitcase.
She turned at the bottom of the steps to
wave at mama. M rs. Diffendorfer was stand-
ing on the porch watching her.
"Pore leedle girl," she heard Mrs. Diffen-
dorfer say as if to herself.
She waved gaily at mama and ran to the
taxicab. She was laughing. What a silly
old woman Mrs. Diffendorfer was. Poor little
girl! When she was going to the countrs
with Miss Adams? When she had a kiiv!
herself. "Fred may have had a lift in a
private car."
"Child:" impatiently, "I never knew you
so unintelligent before!  Don't we know
more than other people, about this affair?
Haven't we got it clear already that Fred
couldn't have come by car, because at the
time we've proved likely for his arrival, Paul
was at the gate cranking (Turn to page 82)
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THE SHORTEST NIGHT
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