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The CATHOLIC NORTHWEST PROGRESS Pag..e Forty-One The Boy and The. Bicycle 0 one would have thought to Johnnie Cotter as he wheeled a bicycle through Main Street, that it had been "pinched" but ten minutes before from outside a pub cn the square. But it was so, and yoAmg J.ohnnie, having had three similar experi- antes, was fast becoming an adept at the game. A bored lotx, a rather tired walk, a thoughtful expression--these were some of the essentials. One did not rush; one did not appear scared, and if possible one tried to concentrate upon  anything but the bicycle. And now tar the next move: "Hi, Mister! Any chance of a spin into Dublin? My bike's punctured and Ym in a terrible hurry." Tim, tle lorry driver, a good-natured soul at heart, and never knov/n to refuse a "lilt," rcardcd the youth with his habitual 'crowl: "Gwan into the back there," said he, IA CON N E Packers of 0000A00.Uu7 F00AS ,-'c LA CONNER. WASH. i)unlap Hardware Co. IMPLEMENTS AND HARDWARE La Conner Phone 344 Greetings LA CONNER BRANCH The National Bank of Commerce OF 8FTTI:E " and soon Johnnie and his bike were al- most safe. "You won't be long, skipper?" queried Johnnie. "Now," muttered the lOzztry driver. "Gonna take a 'half one, that's all.., in the pub around the corner...Comtn'?" "Naw," quoth Johnnie eloquently, wish- ing Tim would not do so either, and pray- ing that in the interval the cops would not notice his bike. But Tim was a quick worker. In a couple of minuteas he had emerged from the pub and was on his way back to his lorry and John nie. The engine, to Johnnie's delight, began to purr, but be- fore the "bus" moved a disreputable fig- ure loped up to the window. "Gi's a lift, mate," he said. "What do you take me for?" bawled Tim, "a bus driver, is it? Jump into the back there and be quick about it." The individual did so, and Johnnie found himself gazing at what he himself would have termed a tough guy. Clean shaven but with bushy eyebrows, a red scarf knotted around his throat, a dirty yellow jersey and smiled tweeds, shoes that had seen better days, and holed socks--that was Johnnie's travelling companion. "Nice day," beTLn Jobnnle; "fine day Isn't it?" "Urn," grunted his companion without looking at him. "Nice country, too," continued Johnnie, "nice p!aee" isn't it?" "Um," grunted the tough guy again. Silence ensued, for his taciturn com- panion took no interest in any of John- nie's remarks, but Johnnie did not worry. He was glad to feel the lorry put miles between him and the town, and that was all that mattdred. "That your yoke?" His reverie was cut short by the tough guy's inquiry. "Yap. Got a puncture and had to get. a ILt. I'm m a bit of e hurry." "Nice little yoke. Sell it ?" Johnnie's eyes narrowed. "Why? You Wanting one?" "Know a fellow who does. He'd give a good . price for her, too. You've only to say the word pail. Understand?" "O.K.," said Johnnle. "I'll think it Over." "Had a fine one myself," went on the tough guy. "8he was a beauty... You wouldn't split on me now ff I told you a secret ?" "Naw, not me." "I'm a feRa Lhe police is after---'Slink- in' Jim', they calls me 'round these parts. I've pinched more hikes in my day than anyone would think by the look of me. Great fella I am, too, for getting a good ANACORTES Your Dollm"s Worm More AT YOUR :tALL-WELLS STORE J. 'g K. FIgnshow & Bruc4 PHONE 2071 MAYFLOWER BAKERY Makers of Wide Variety of Bread and Pastries Cakes for Special Occasions " 604 Commercial SL PHONEMe1 HcDUGILWAGIEH DIBY, McDugle'Br. Milk, Cream, Buermilk and Butter THE BEST BY TEST Phone 8044 BROWN LUMBER CO. Anacortes -- La Conner -- East Sound ' "BROWN HAS A PLAN" WEST COAST CREAMERY Wholesale dL Retail Dairy Products 5th AND Q AVENUE THE MARINE SUPPLY GENERAL HARDWARE Paints, Oils, Glass, Sash & DOORS 8hip Chandlery, Fishermen's, Mill, Logging and Plumblng iDplles PHONE IN81 ]m?RY'I'HING 1POR  HOME Plumbing and Heating 0fl00 fUMIUR[ STOBE 1012 6th St. .... Phone 6554 PHIL D. BURTON Quality Jewelry YOUR GIFT HEVURTERS Empire "leatre Bldg. AFFLECK BROS. ANACORTES-MT. VERNON STAGES RIDE THE BUSE-- Oonvenlent -- 8ate  Economical PHONE 6242 price for them. What d'ye ay, pal, eh?" "'Gee! This is good luck tar me." Johnni.c's eyes widened with excite- ment. "You won't split on me now, pal, will you ?" "Why ? What's your game ? What've you been up to, son?" "Same as yourself, uncle, only I'm not as old a hand at it as you are. 1 s'poee 1 don't know all the ropes' yet. Anyway, 1 don't get as good a haul as you say you do. Still, it's worth it." "Not t bad game at all, son." "You see." Johnnie's confidence was returning in leaps and bounds. "You see, I've a pal in Dublin md we work together. I do the pinching; he does the selling. That's why the police never catch up with us. We're too far from home." "Where'd you get this yoke?" "Outside Hennesey's, tn the 'Square. Old Scannel was in for a Jar, and I hopped it with the bike: You bet I was ecared 'till I got well out of the town." "Easy to see you're new at the job. When you're as long at it as I am you won't be seared of anythLng , not even a copper." "No ?" Johnnle's eyes signaled his astonished approval. "Gosh! 'Twas jolly good meeting you on the way. You might be willing to give us a hand maybe." "Urn," muttered Sltnkin' Jim doubt- fully. " 'Twould be a couple of bob for you, you know," Johnnte hastened to reassure him. "You know--to put us on the right line. My pal'd glad, I can tell you, and SO would I." "Urn... maybe.., we'll me. 'Tisn't every day I waste my time going round helping other folks." " 'Twould be a couple of bob into your pocket," insisted Johnnie, "and 'twould be the making of us if we knew where to get a good prtce.We had to get rid of all the bikes quickly so as not to be caught with them on our hands?' "Done much in that line, eh?" "Well," Jolmnie giggled, "we made 12 between us in ona week. First there was a bike belonging to a kid--name of Col- lins; another belonging to old Nick John- son of Home Farm, and the b,mt of all," Johnnle chuckled, "the best o' the whole lot was the new guard's bike--Guard O'Hara. That was the sport!" Slinkin' Jim rocked with laughter. "Good for you, son! Darn good thatl Haw! haw! hawl I bet the oul fellow Kad a longer face then ever after thatl l/awl bawl hawl That' what l'eall a good one." "Sure It was the talk of the town. My pal, Miekey Brennan, told me all about it and said O'Hara was fit to be tied. I never in my life aaw the fellow, nor I don't want to neither, but Mlckey says that if he don't, find the feller as Stole kis bike he'Ll bust. "When' he found tt gone he stamped up and down the barracks, Iis face as red as a turkey cock, and he swearing like a trooper. You'd think all belong- ing to him had been slaughtered, he! hal Look, we're there already. We weren't long now, were we? Good company=-- that's the idea." And Johnnie, feeling he had met his mate, winked importantly. "Haw] Haw Haw!" roared Slinkin' Jim again. "Darn good, darn good! Well, Keeping Christmas Christlike (Continued from page 40) mas morning wa sweet with Mary's first queUon: "Did He come?" "Let's go see!" We dressed quickly and Daddy carried Mary down the stairs. She went straight to the Crib and putting one hand on her new red tricycle--not to feel or admire', but only to steady herseLf--she leaued over and said, "Look! He did come! The Baby Jesus came." Then she turned in delight to her toys, and we turned in even greater delight to each other. Our first Christmas as a family was a SUCCCSS. By JOHN O'LLEWELLYN here we are, and as the lorry is stopping, we'd better get down. Down with you-- that's the stuff. Now the bike! Well, so lmg, and it you're interested in a good deal, maybe you and your pal would meet me tonight in the snug of Casey's pub and we can talk it over. 1-low's that ?" "0. K., pal. Suits me. What time?" "Eight o'clock we'll make it." "O. K., pal, s'long. Give me regards to Guard O'Hara." $ $ $ The snug was warm and Johnnie aud his pal were seated cosily within. The door opened gently. "That's him, Jerry," explained Jolmnio with the air of one who knows. *'Said he'd be here at 8 and 'iisn't much more now... W-what on earth!!!" A uniformed gard was standing there looking at the pair. He was clean shaven but witl bushy eyebrows. "So you never saw Guard O'Hara, John- hie," he chuckled. "Rather unforiunate wasn't it? Hurry up now and come " quietly with me. I'm taking the pair of yo.u with me to close that little deal." "Guard O'Hara" gasped Jerry. "Sltnkin' Jim," moaned Johnnie. SEDRO-WOOLLEY JOHNSON FEED AND SEED FEED--SEED HAY--FLOUR Phone 2463 SF_2DRO-WOOLI_3gY WHIR FUEL & TRANSFER C0. IHC Coal -- Wood -- Fuel Oil MOVING Phone 8181 LEMLEY MORTUARY Phone 8184 SDRO-WOO].EY 1890 1947 C. L BINGHAM l CO. STATE BA]NK Woolley, Wsshizqgton Member Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Greetings and Best Wishes* for the New Year The Ely Company Skagit Steel & Iron Works SEDR0-WOOLLEY. WASH. Berglund Motors Stg Berglund, Proprietor Sales and Service SKAGIT LUMBER COMPANY Telephone 2525 SEDRO-WOOLLEY. WASH. .OLIVER HAMMER Clothes Shop Complete Outfitters for Men and Young Men SEDRO-WOOLLE The CATHOLIC NORTHWEST PROGRESS Pag..e Forty-One The Boy and The. Bicycle 0 one would have thought to Johnnie Cotter as he wheeled a bicycle through Main Street, that it had been "pinched" but ten minutes before from outside a pub cn the square. But it was so, and yoAmg J.ohnnie, having had three similar experi- antes, was fast becoming an adept at the game. A bored lotx, a rather tired walk, a thoughtful expression--these were some of the essentials. One did not rush; one did not appear scared, and if possible one tried to concentrate upon  anything but the bicycle. And now tar the next move: "Hi, Mister! Any chance of a spin into Dublin? My bike's punctured and Ym in a terrible hurry." Tim, tle lorry driver, a good-natured soul at heart, and never knov/n to refuse a "lilt," rcardcd the youth with his habitual 'crowl: "Gwan into the back there," said he, IA CON N E Packers of 0000A00.Uu7 F00AS ,-'c LA CONNER. WASH. i)unlap Hardware Co. IMPLEMENTS AND HARDWARE La Conner Phone 344 Greetings LA CONNER BRANCH The National Bank of Commerce OF 8FTTI:E " and soon Johnnie and his bike were al- most safe. "You won't be long, skipper?" queried Johnnie. "Now," muttered the lOzztry driver. "Gonna take a 'half one, that's all.., in the pub around the corner...Comtn'?" "Naw," quoth Johnnie eloquently, wish- ing Tim would not do so either, and pray- ing that in the interval the cops would not notice his bike. But Tim was a quick worker. In a couple of minuteas he had emerged from the pub and was on his way back to his lorry and John nie. The engine, to Johnnie's delight, began to purr, but be- fore the "bus" moved a disreputable fig- ure loped up to the window. "Gi's a lift, mate," he said. "What do you take me for?" bawled Tim, "a bus driver, is it? Jump into the back there and be quick about it." The individual did so, and Johnnie found himself gazing at what he himself would have termed a tough guy. Clean shaven but with bushy eyebrows, a red scarf knotted around his throat, a dirty yellow jersey and smiled tweeds, shoes that had seen better days, and holed socks--that was Johnnie's travelling companion. "Nice day," beTLn Jobnnle; "fine day Isn't it?" "Urn," grunted his companion without looking at him. "Nice country, too," continued Johnnie, "nice p!aee" isn't it?" "Um," grunted the tough guy again. Silence ensued, for his taciturn com- panion took no interest in any of John- nie's remarks, but Johnnie did not worry. He was glad to feel the lorry put miles between him and the town, and that was all that mattdred. "That your yoke?" His reverie was cut short by the tough guy's inquiry. "Yap. Got a puncture and had to get. a ILt. I'm m a bit of e hurry." "Nice little yoke. Sell it ?" Johnnie's eyes narrowed. "Why? You Wanting one?" "Know a fellow who does. He'd give a good . price for her, too. You've only to say the word pail. Understand?" "O.K.," said Johnnle. "I'll think it Over." "Had a fine one myself," went on the tough guy. "8he was a beauty... You wouldn't split on me now ff I told you a secret ?" "Naw, not me." "I'm a feRa Lhe police is after---'Slink- in' Jim', they calls me 'round these parts. I've pinched more hikes in my day than anyone would think by the look of me. Great fella I am, too, for getting a good ANACORTES Your Dollm"s Worm More AT YOUR :tALL-WELLS STORE J. 'g K. FIgnshow & Bruc4 PHONE 2071 MAYFLOWER BAKERY Makers of Wide Variety of Bread and Pastries Cakes for Special Occasions " 604 Commercial SL PHONEMe1 HcDUGILWAGIEH DIBY, McDugle'Br. Milk, Cream, Buermilk and Butter THE BEST BY TEST Phone 8044 BROWN LUMBER CO. Anacortes -- La Conner -- East Sound ' "BROWN HAS A PLAN" WEST COAST CREAMERY Wholesale dL Retail Dairy Products 5th AND Q AVENUE THE MARINE SUPPLY GENERAL HARDWARE Paints, Oils, Glass, Sash & DOORS 8hip Chandlery, Fishermen's, Mill, Logging and Plumblng iDplles PHONE IN81 ]m?RY'I'HING 1POR  HOME Plumbing and Heating 0fl00 fUMIUR[ STOBE 1012 6th St. .... Phone 6554 PHIL D. BURTON Quality Jewelry YOUR GIFT HEVURTERS Empire "leatre Bldg. AFFLECK BROS. ANACORTES-MT. VERNON STAGES RIDE THE BUSE-- Oonvenlent -- 8ate  Economical PHONE 6242 price for them. What d'ye ay, pal, eh?" "'Gee! This is good luck tar me." Johnni.c's eyes widened with excite- ment. "You won't split on me now, pal, will you ?" "Why ? What's your game ? What've you been up to, son?" "Same as yourself, uncle, only I'm not as old a hand at it as you are. 1 s'poee 1 don't know all the ropes' yet. Anyway, 1 don't get as good a haul as you say you do. Still, it's worth it." "Not t bad game at all, son." "You see." Johnnie's confidence was returning in leaps and bounds. "You see, I've a pal in Dublin md we work together. I do the pinching; he does the selling. That's why the police never catch up with us. We're too far from home." "Where'd you get this yoke?" "Outside Hennesey's, tn the 'Square. Old Scannel was in for a Jar, and I hopped it with the bike: You bet I was ecared 'till I got well out of the town." "Easy to see you're new at the job. When you're as long at it as I am you won't be seared of anythLng , not even a copper." "No ?" Johnnle's eyes signaled his astonished approval. "Gosh! 'Twas jolly good meeting you on the way. You might be willing to give us a hand maybe." "Urn," muttered Sltnkin' Jim doubt- fully. " 'Twould be a couple of bob for you, you know," Johnnte hastened to reassure him. "You know--to put us on the right line. My pal'd glad, I can tell you, and SO would I." "Urn... maybe.., we'll me. 'Tisn't every day I waste my time going round helping other folks." " 'Twould be a couple of bob into your pocket," insisted Johnnie, "and 'twould be the making of us if we knew where to get a good prtce.We had to get rid of all the bikes quickly so as not to be caught with them on our hands?' "Done much in that line, eh?" "Well," Jolmnie giggled, "we made 12 between us in ona week. First there was a bike belonging to a kid--name of Col- lins; another belonging to old Nick John- son of Home Farm, and the b,mt of all," Johnnle chuckled, "the best o' the whole lot was the new guard's bike--Guard O'Hara. That was the sport!" Slinkin' Jim rocked with laughter. "Good for you, son! Darn good thatl Haw! haw! hawl I bet the oul fellow Kad a longer face then ever after thatl l/awl bawl hawl That' what l'eall a good one." "Sure It was the talk of the town. My pal, Miekey Brennan, told me all about it and said O'Hara was fit to be tied. I never in my life aaw the fellow, nor I don't want to neither, but Mlckey says that if he don't, find the feller as Stole kis bike he'Ll bust. "When' he found tt gone he stamped up and down the barracks, Iis face as red as a turkey cock, and he swearing like a trooper. You'd think all belong- ing to him had been slaughtered, he! hal Look, we're there already. We weren't long now, were we? Good company=-- that's the idea." And Johnnie, feeling he had met his mate, winked importantly. "Haw] Haw Haw!" roared Slinkin' Jim again. "Darn good, darn good! Well, Keeping Christmas Christlike (Continued from page 40) mas morning wa sweet with Mary's first queUon: "Did He come?" "Let's go see!" We dressed quickly and Daddy carried Mary down the stairs. She went straight to the Crib and putting one hand on her new red tricycle--not to feel or admire', but only to steady herseLf--she leaued over and said, "Look! He did come! The Baby Jesus came." Then she turned in delight to her toys, and we turned in even greater delight to each other. Our first Christmas as a family was a SUCCCSS. By JOHN O'LLEWELLYN here we are, and as the lorry is stopping, we'd better get down. Down with you-- that's the stuff. Now the bike! Well, so lmg, and it you're interested in a good deal, maybe you and your pal would meet me tonight in the snug of Casey's pub and we can talk it over. 1-low's that ?" "0. K., pal. Suits me. What time?" "Eight o'clock we'll make it." "O. K., pal, s'long. Give me regards to Guard O'Hara." $ $ $ The snug was warm and Johnnie aud his pal were seated cosily within. The door opened gently. "That's him, Jerry," explained Jolmnio with the air of one who knows. *'Said he'd be here at 8 and 'iisn't much more now... W-what on earth!!!" A uniformed gard was standing there looking at the pair. He was clean shaven but witl bushy eyebrows. "So you never saw Guard O'Hara, John- hie," he chuckled. "Rather unforiunate wasn't it? Hurry up now and come " quietly with me. I'm taking the pair of yo.u with me to close that little deal." "Guard O'Hara" gasped Jerry. "Sltnkin' Jim," moaned Johnnie. SEDRO-WOOLLEY JOHNSON FEED AND SEED FEED--SEED HAY--FLOUR Phone 2463 SF_2DRO-WOOLI_3gY WHIR FUEL & TRANSFER C0. IHC Coal -- Wood -- Fuel Oil MOVING Phone 8181 LEMLEY MORTUARY Phone 8184 SDRO-WOO].EY 1890 1947 C. L BINGHAM l CO. STATE BA]NK Woolley, Wsshizqgton Member Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Greetings and Best Wishes* for the New Year The Ely Company Skagit Steel & Iron Works SEDR0-WOOLLEY. WASH. Berglund Motors Stg Berglund, Proprietor Sales and Service SKAGIT LUMBER COMPANY Telephone 2525 SEDRO-WOOLLEY. WASH. .OLIVER HAMMER Clothes Shop Complete Outfitters for Men and Young Men SEDRO-WOOLLE