Palacios Beacon (Palacios, Tex.), Vol. 38, No. 24, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 14, 1945 Page: 3 of 8
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PALACIOS BEACON, PALACIOS, TEXAS
Kathleen Norris Says:
The War Wife and Her Lover
Bell Syndicate.—'WNl) Feature!.
* About a year ago, she had a friendship with a painter we might call Morgan.**
By KATHLEEN NORRIS
✓^>AROL BROWN is 31,
I beautiful, affectionate,
V—> mother of two small
boys. When Fred Brown went
away to war two years ago
she suffered all the pangs of
loneliness, fear, grief that any
woman could know. She wrote
him loyally, and after two
years she writes him still.
Carol is not a sociable woman,
She studied painting for many years,
works hard at her art still, fills her
time with her books, garden, studio
hours and children.
About a year ago she had a friend-
ship with a painter we might call
Morgan. Morgan had a charming
artistic place about 30 miles away
from Carol's town, and presently
Carol and the children began to
spend week-ends there. Other art-
ists. writers, newspaper folk did
also, and for some months, she
writes me, everything was open and
aboveboard. Then she and Morgan
But "Iftofgan evidently, however
much a lover, is canny, too. When
Fred Brown wrote that he was com-
ing home, minus a leg, Morgan got
married. He married a young and
dashing newspaper woman and at
41 has apparently settled down.
"Fred was so far away, and ev-
erything that belonged to our old
lappy life was so completely
.'hanged, that I think I lost my bear-
ings," says her letter. "The crowd
that went to Morgan's is naturally
a rather free-thinking crowd, and
they accepted our relationship with-
out any question.
Husband Is Devoted.
"My problem is this. I love my
husband, and to think of his coming
home crippled breaks my heart, for
Fred was a g.cat walker and loved
nothing so much as country outings
with me and the children. My one
wish is to compensate him for all
that he has been through. He is a
most affectionate man. passionately
devoted to me and to the boys.
"Shall I tell him honestly all that
has occurred? If I do, it must be
Immediately, for putting it off will
infinitely complicate matters. He
may resent it deeply; he may wish
to avenge It by a divorce and the
separation of me and my sons. His
older sister is devoted to the boys,
she has but one child, a half-grown
girl; she would be delighted to add
boys of 5 and 7 to her family, and
have Fred all to hr self.
"If I do not tell him, sooner or
later someone may. I will have to
live with that sword of Damocles
hanging over my head from day to
day. It docs not seem just to me
that for a few months of indiscre-
, tion, which never meant to me what
any week of the long happy years
with Fred has meant, should cost me
so dear. I may say that my mother
and my sister-in-law have no suspi-
cion of the state of affairs: they do
not like Morgan’s crowd, that crowd
is many miles away, and they have
always rather studiedly ignored my
friendship with it. Fred does not
know these people well, either.
Please advise me of the simplest
course that will mean happiness and
security for us all.”
This last phrase almost makes me
smile, although the situation is any-
thing but funny. It is tragic to think
of the devoted husband and father
coming home to this news, and in
his first agony of realization he may
well threaten to take legal action.
But I dqp't believe he will. I think
that after a little while he will ap-
The unfaithful wife of the
absent serviceman has become
a familiar theme. In this arti-
cle, however, a rather unusual
situation is considered. Carol
Brown loves her husband and
her children, and wants noth-
ing more than quiet and virtu-
ous family life. When the war
took Fred away, however,
Carol was so lonely and miser-
able that she tried to get what
solace she could from friends.
Before she was really aware of
it, she teas seeing a man named
Morgan, an artist like herself,
more and more often. These
visits developed into an “af-
fair” lasting for months.
All during this period, how-
ever, she continued writing af-
fectionate and, in a sense, sin-
cere letters to her husband.
He never suspected that .any-
thing was amiss. Now he is
coming home, crippled. Carol
is anxious to have him back,
and to try to resume life as it
used to be. This ugly episode
with Morgan, however, clouds
the future. While Morgan has
ended their meetings, and can
be depended upon to keep si-
lent. many other people know
about them, and a disclosure
some day is always possible,
perhaps likely. Carol doesn’t
knmv what to do—whether to
confess, and trust to Fred’s un-
derstanding and generosity, or
whether to try to conceal ev-
erything, and live in constant
AND JUST IN TIME, TOO
Throw away the towlng-statlon
phone! Kiss those upholstery squir-
rels and moths good-by I Forget
about that wire you've been saving
to hold the fenders and doorknobs
The automobile is coming back!
WPB and the automobile manu-
facturers announce that 200,000 new
cars will be made between now and
January 1, with another 400,000 fol-
lowing in the first three months of
1946 Before many months you may
actually see automobiles in this
country with one-piece windshields,
hubcaps on all four wheels and no
mice-holes in the custyons.
Few things will lift the spirit of
Americans more than the prospect of
a return to the days when glistening
paint jobs, eyc-bllndtng gadgets and
different shaped bodies were as rou-
tine as the first robin,
The bitterness of war hit many
countries in many ways, but most
Americans first awoke to its terrors
when they looked into auto sales-
room windows and found nothing
there but the potted palm and the
It has now been three or four years
since the American home has an-
swered a phone and found somebody
on the other end saying "How about
coming over and giving you a ride in
preciate the boys’ position, he will
see that they have rights, that it is
all-important to keep the surface
smooth and the family intact.
No Safety in Secrecy.
Ordinarily I would advise secrecy,
would advise Carol to put this
whole affair from her life and her
thoughts, as if it had never hap-
pened. But since her Intimacy with
Morgan was pretty well known to
quite a large group of persons, there
is no safety in concealment now. A
blackmailer might appear at any
moment, after Fred had been hap-
pily restored to his family, and
wreck the whole scene.
Far wiser to simply and regretful-
ly tell him the truth. Tell him that
it was the result of association with
persons who had themselves no par-
ticular respect for conventions, that
it is all over, and Morgan married.
Ask him to think of the boys, of
Carol's own love for him, before he
takes any action. He'll decide upon
For a long while things won't be
the same, of course. But after while
happiness will come back. Loving
consideration for him, wisdom in
handling the boys, clever manage-
ment of your affairs will all help,
and human hearts being as mutable
as they are, time will work its usual
But it would be wonderful if lonely
service wives could see some sta-
tistics upon the outcome of illicit
love affairs, hasty divorces, disrup-
tion of homes and scattering chil-
dren. Perhaps one reason why all
the books on morality preach fidelity
and self-control is because thfey are
the only secret of successful and
And there are people In this coun-
try who can hardly remember those
sweet words: "We’ll allow you $800
on the old six and leave the new
eight at your door."
This country never really knew
how good its automobiles were until
it had to make them last through a
tough war. It made the amazing
discovery that the industry had
turned out machines that would run
without oil, gas, tires, radiators, live
batteries or intact pistons.
All over America cars have been
in operation in defiance of the laws
of engineering, gravitation, public
safely, sanitation and rnbhish col-
And the condition of the pleasure
cars has been somewhat outdone by
the shapes the trucks were in. There
have been trucks on our roads that
needed only proper tags to make
them museum pieces and collectors'
They operated on the two-trlps-for-
one plan; one trip as scheduled and
another trip bark over the route to
pick up lost parts.
But relief is at hand. The Post
Hitler Boiler is just around the cor-
ner. The Japs are tough, but we
can lick them with one hand on
the steering gear.
• e e
RED POINTS WITH TOUR
Regretfully tell him the truth.
RIGHT WAY TO COOK EGGS
Unless eggs are properly cooked,
they lose some of their food value
and flavor. So-called "boiled eggs"
are best cooked below boiling. Use
one pint of almost boiling water for
each egg, put the eggs In the water,
cover, and set the pan in a warm
place where the temperature will
fall slowly. Keep the eggs in this
water for from five to six minutes
for soft-cooked eggs. Allow about 45
minutes for hard-ejoked ones, then
drop them in cold wlter. For oven
cooking, use between 250 and 300 F.
(“It has been suggested that res-
taurant patrons give red points to?
meat orders."—News item.)
Customer—How about a tender-
Waiter—We have a very good 40
point tenderloin with french fries
or a nice 38 point T-bone with on
Customer—Are you kidding about
this point stuff?
Waiter—No, sir. If you want meat
in restaurants you gotta have red
Customer—If 1 had any red points
I would eat at home.
Waiter—How about some nice hal-
Customer—1 didn't come in here
Waller—My dear fellow, what you
come into a restaurant for these
days is of no importance. We have
some very good fried clams.
Customer—We digress. Do I get
a steak or not?
Waiter—Do I get coupons or not?
Customer—You are not entitled to
Waiter—Who told you that?
Customer—Huffnagel, Apsel, Hoff-
man, Bernstein, Burnett and Cribbs
Waiter—I've been advised other-
wise by Bowles. Packer, Slaughter
and Chef—they're my lawyers!
Customer—Oh, well, it looks like
a dead heat. Can't we compromise?
Customer—I'll give you half the
points required if you’d give me half
the steak that's represented on the
Waiter — That’s easy. And I’ll
throw in a glass of water, too.
• • •
Among the screwy proposals by
various groups at the San Francisco
conference is one to require five
bases in baseball. The backers of
the idea are satisfied that to pre-
serve peace In the world of to-
morrow places will be required for
at least two good shortstops on the
On the other hand the demand
for five bases may reflect a convic-
tion, held by Private Purkey, that
in the world situation for the next
few years tbere will be more run-
ners on bases than there are bases.
SEWING CIRCLE NEEDLEWORK
Pretty Mother-Daughter Bonnets
Due to an unusually large demand and
current war conditions, slightly more tJm«
is required in filling orders for a few of
the most popular pattern numbers.
Send your order to:
SEWING CIRCLE NEEDLEWORK
S30 South Wells St. Chicago.
Enclose 16 cents for Pattern.
Name ...____ — —— -.. ■
WORL0 5 LARGEST SELLER AT *
Light Supper Is Cooling on a Hot Night
(See Recipes Below)
Keep Kitchens Cool
Nothing makes the family’s appe-
tite wane quite so quickly as a meal
that makes the
ably warm dur-
ing hot weather.
A cool and com-
fortable room, set
with a table that
will be much more comfortable all
the way around.
Mother would do best to plan a
meal that is nourishing but not too
hearty. The main dish and vegeta-
bles may be warm, but dessert and
salad should be icy cold to suggest
that summer was kept in mind dur-
ing the planning of the menu.
If the bulk of the actual cooking
is done during the cool mornings,
then the kitchen can retain some
semblance of coolness during the
evening hours. Such things as cook-
ing filling for pies, making cookies
or sake or cooking vegetables for a
salad can be prepared before the
sun rises high in the sky and sends
the temperature to the highest rungs
of the thermometer.
Main entrees, if broiled, will also
help during hot weather. They take
only a few minutes to cook, like this
1 pound hamburger
!i onion, grated, if desired
1 teaspoon salt
54 teaspoon pepper
4 slices bacon
2 large bananas
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Combine meat, onion, salt and
pepper. Mix well. Form into 4
cakes about 4
inch thick. Ar-
range strips of
bacon on broiling
rack Broil slow-
ly until brown,
turning when nec-
essary. Drain on
unglazed paper while other food
broils. Arrange meat cakes on rack.
Brush bananas with lemon juice and
place alongside meat. Broil until
meat is browned. To serve, ar-
range hamburgers on individual
serving plates. Top each with a
strip of bacon and place broiled ba-
nana slice at each side. Potato
chips and tomato cucumber salad
may be served with the grill.
Chicken is delectable when cooked
a la king, but it’s invitingly cool
when served molded. Then it can
be sliced and served garnished with
quartered hard-boiled eggs and to-
Molded Chicken a la King.
4 tablespoons butter or substitute
Vi cup chopped green pepper
% cup sliced mushrooms
1 cup milk, scalded
5b cup hot chicken stock
V, cup chopped pimlento
1 cup diced cooked chicken
4 egg yolks
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon gelatin
2 tablespoons cold water
Melt butter or substitute. Then
add green pepper and mushrooms
Lynn Chambers’ Point-Saving
•Hamburger Grill with Bananas
Jellied Vegetable Aspic
Beverage Lemon Chiffon Pie
A PRETTY sight on a hot sum
** mer’s day—a young mother
and her pretty little daughter in
crisp ginghams and stiffly starched
matching white hats. Crochet
these gay bonnets in all-white or
pale pastel colored cotton yarn.
* * *
To obtain complete crocheting Instruc-
tions for the Mother and Daughter Dutch
Bonnets (Pattern No. 58751 send 16 cents
in coin, your name, address and the pat-
Perfect Salads: You'll like or-
anges sliced or sectioned and
rolled in shredded coconut on let-
Peach or apricot halves placed
on top of shredded cabbage which
is rich In vitamin C is a delightful
salad for hot weather eating.
Blend mayonnaise with peach
Juice or sour cream for a really
Odd bits of meat go well riding
the tops of vegetable salads.
Shred or cube them and extend
with biff of cheese, if necessary.
Thousand Island dressing which
is so excellent on quarters of
chilled lettuce is even better if it
has a few wedges of meaty ripe
olives In it.
and cook slowly until tender but not
browned. Blend in milk, stock, pi-
miento and chicken. Beat egg yolks,
add lemon juice and pour a little of
the liquid over the chicken mixture,
stirring constantly. Stir egg yolks
into the rest of the chicken mixture
and cook over boiling water for 5
minutes, still stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and add gelatin
which has been soaked in cold wa-
ter for 5 minutes. Turn into a mold
and chill until set. Unmold and
garnish with hard-cooked eggs quar-
tered, tomato wedges and parsley.
One of the important points in
cooking fish is to avoid overcooking.
Here is a dish that can be turned
out in less than half an hour:
Mackerel With Bacon and Onions.
51 pound cleaned fillets of mackerel
Salt and pepper
1 cup sliced onions
4 tablespoons butter or drippings
'! cup soft bread crumbs-
2 slices crisp bacon, broiled
Separate fillets and arrange in
greased, shallow baking dish. Sprin-
kle with salt and pepper. Saute on-
ions gently in butter until tender hut
not browned. Turn out on fish,
sprinkle with crumbs and top with
bacon. Bake in a hot (400-degree)
oven until fish is done and crumbs
are browned, about 15 minutes.
Hot evenings sometimes call for
hearly main dish salads. Use a good
protein food as a base so that it will
be nourishing enough even for so-o
big appetites. Here are two good
Baked Bean and Egg Salad.
1 medium sized ran of baked beans
4 sweet pickles, chopped
3 hard-cooked eggs, sliced (re-
serve 6 slices for garnishing)
'i cup chopped celery
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon salt
3 to 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
Chill beans until cold. Add the
dients in order
range on nests of
lettuce and gar-
nish with sliced,
hard-cooked egg and parsley.
(Serves 6 to 8)
6 hard-cooked eggs
1 pound salmon, cooked or canned,
1 medium green pepper, chopped
54 cup shredded cabbage
!b cup chopped celery
2 tablespoons grated onion
12 slices chopped sweet pickle
3 tablespoons prepared yellow mus-
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon salt
V. teaspoon pepper
After salmon is shredded mix with
chopped egg whites, green pepper,
cabbage and celery, grated onior.
and pickles. Mash the egg yolks
and blend well with mustard, vine-
gar, sugar, salt and pepper. Com-
bine the two mixtures, blending
thoroughly. Serve in cups of let-
tuce, garnished with radishes and
whole slices of pickle.
French Fried Shrimp.
2 cups corn Hakes
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 cups cooked jumbo shrimp
Roll corn flakes into fine crumbs.
Dip shrimp in egg and then in corn-
flake crumbs. Fry in deep fat until
brown (365 degrees F.) Serve plain
or with tartar sauce.
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Do not allow your vacuum clean-
er bag to become filled with dirt
before you empty it. It should be
emptied frequently so as not to
interfere with the flow of air.
Stretch your meat balls by add-
ing oatmeal to the hamburger.
Don't be annoyed by a food chop-
per that won’t stay firmly an-
chored to the table. Put a piece of
sandpaper, gritty side up, on the
table before screwing the chopper
in place above it.
Boil a cracked dish for about
three-quarters of an hour in j
enough sweet milk to cover it. The
crack in the dish will become al- (
That old piano stool in the attic
can be painted to match the kitch-
en and used there as an adjust-
able chair. It’s handy.
Cut blotting paper to fit the bot-
tom of the large salt shaker. This
will take up the dampness, leaving
the salt dry and free running.
Rubber contract! and ripples Into
an unstretched state in much the
same way as an earthworm moves
across the surface of the ground.
From April 1, 1942, to August
31, 1944, tho total amount of
natural rubber imported into
tho United States was 214,-
14S long tons. India and
Africa supplied 33.34b; 31,94b
came from Latin America, and
lS.34b from Liberia. Tha re-
maining IT.54b came from
shipments in transit whan
sources wore lost to Japan.
Busses now carry more than half
the total number cf persons trans-
ported by intercity public carriers
in the United States.
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