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JULY 19, 1945 PAGE THREE All Alike By RUBY PROCTOR ~eClure Newspaper Syndicate. WNU Features. train whistled shrilly at a and thundered on the night. Pfc. John Whit- slouched in his seat, closed, but he wasn't sleep- lie was calling himself all efa fool for inviting the two in the opposite seat to spend leave with him. just as well, he thought that their plane reserva- been cancelled in favor of important travelers. There be so much time. Of when he had first asked he hadn't realized how queer and his folks would look to and Frank. happened in a reckless little gratitude the time they had that he accompany them to Own town to spend a few days. felt sorry for him, he because he never received kages, and almost never that long, official looking en- once a month with his fa- address in the eor- was always a check en- Which he didn't need, but his father insisted on sending he couldn't understand how Could possibly get by on only dollars a month. Usually only the check, but some- inclosed a little note: "If anything you need, son, just Your mother is pretty days--Red Cross, selling rou know how she loves "l k ow, they're all alike." i ~rt of thing. She'll write lat- Visits had opened his eyes of things. Their parents ted the boys as if they were ' heroes. They had accept- Without question as one of had gone all-out to show time. to think of something to~ vhy his folks were different, i would be silent and pre- dinner, if he was home mother would be cold- to Frank and Pete, and of all three of them. had a sick, shamed feel- since this morning when seat the telegram armounc- Change in the time of their fiery Th-ere's nothing'li~'e' ~. Ti~ey really do all they can for you." Pete shook his head "That's for the fellows without local ties. Your mother will have something planned. know, they're alI alike." "Yeah," Frank said, stretching, "mothers are all alike." He'd go nuts, John thought, if they didn't quit saying that. Mothers were definitely not all alike, and Frank and Pete would" find that out soon enough. He'd tell them the trutla. He could say it casually as if it weren't im- portant, just an interesting study in human nature. He'd put it some- thing like this: "Mothers are not all alike, fellows, and I can prove it. ~Ieet mine, Exhibit A." "I don't expect that the folks will be at the station," John said as they moved into the crowded aisle. "It's an awkward hour to meet a train." "They'll be there all right," Frank laughed confidently. Surprisingly they were, both of them. John could hardly believe it. His mother kissed him, not caring what it did to her make-up. Good Lord, he couldn't remember ,vhen she'd done that! And his dad, grip- ping his hand hard, and then blow- ing his nose loudly. This was a bad time of year for colds. Pete bought a paper as they were leaving the station. "Gosh, fellows, did you see this? That plane we planned to come on crashed!" Frank sucked in his breath. "Gol- ly, I'll bet your folks were wor- ried !" John's mother bit her lip and nod- ded. Dad mopped his forehead. "We were mighty relieved to get your second telegram," he admitted. Late that night as the three were undressing Frank said sleepily: "Your folks sure treated us swell, John. The best leave we've had yet. Your mother is really super." "Yeah," John agreed happily, "they're all alike." HERE AND THERE THIS AND THAT: Lix'e with men as if God saw you; converse with God as if men heard you. -- Seneca. * The sun is not the only star with planets revolving around it. Discovery of thousands of other planets, so~e of which may even support life, revolving around distant stars, was revealed by Dr Henry N. 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