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Page Seventy-Eight The CATHOLIC NORTHWEST PROGRESS YD. The 000000theist In A Jet Plane By JOHN T. RYAN lck Brunner climbed out of the cockpit easily, squinted up into a brilliant morning sun and then, deliberately and cruelly, lit a cigarette before answering the mechanic's question. "Okay, Mac," he said finally, not look- ing at him, "I can't find any bugs in her." He started toward the squat operations building acroa the hot dusty field. The mechanic wiped his hand on cot- ton waste and looked after him. "Cool bird," he murmured, "without a ABERDEEN GREETINGS ABERDEEN DALLY WORLD ABERDEEN, WASH. Kauffman-Scroggs Co. "Furniture Worth Living With" Aberdeen, Wash. , Abrdn. 2417 nerve in his body." He watched Rick saunter across the apron, bareheaded, swinging his goggles carelessly. "Well," thought the mechanic, turning back to the odd-looking experimental plane, "he might be the test pilot in the racket, but this is one flight when I'm glad I'm me." Rick slammed the screen door and halted inside the building. His eyes were unaccustomed to the shade. They were gray eyes with a perpetual squint from looking too long into the sun at 20,000 feet. They were granite eyes, impersonal, veiled. "Mr. Brunner?" said a trim., efficient- looking girl at the desk. "The Army tech- nicians will be here at eight." He didn't answer. He picked up the phone. "weather ?" BAILEY SERVICE 111 N. Broadway Ph. Abrdn. 3895 AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRICAL PARTS MOTOR PART&- CARBURETORS Deice Batteries * Shock Absorbers GREETINGS BURCHCRAFT BOAT COMPANY BUILDERS OF PLEASURE BOATS I000 Mitchell Abrdn. 307 GREETINGS... ABERDEEN PLYWOOD CORPORATION J. C. PENNEY CO., Inc. ABERDEEN HOQUIAM Lumber Supplies, Inc. Park & Wishkah Abrdn. 12 OLYMPIC FINE BREAD RELIABLE BLACKITH SHOP Auto ;Springs A Specialty Welding  Brazing 814 E. State Phone 'Abrdn, T88 Landberg Paint & Glass Co., Inc. 308-305 E: Market St. Ph. Abrdn. 267 PAINT - GLASS - WALLPAPER PRESCRIPTION BECKER BUILDING DRUG O. Phone Aberdeen 374 Grays Harbor. Feed Co, Inc. FEED- STRAW- HAY- POULTRY SUPPLIES - FEED Casoara Bark and Fertilizer 722 East Heron Street Phoneal Aberdeen 1662 and 1663 Furs by Master Furriers ARCTIC FUR CO. *'Graya Harbor's Pioneer Furrier" Designing  Remodeling W Repairing Storage and Insurance MARKET and H ABERDEEN SMITH'S MILK and ICE CREAM HOQU IAM 462 t BAY CITY FUEL CO. 209 W. Wishkah St. Phones: Abrdn. 1S. Hoqm, 68 DIIgOEL: STOVE - FUEL OIL0 WOODALL KINDS !: Frompt Delivery i i WHERE YOU CAN BUY Fire and Automobile Insurance In the Best Companies at ths Lowest Rates Real Estate Riley E. Arfhaud & Son 10t) SO. BROADWAY ABERDEEN 701 "We'll have a final report at eight- thirty." Rick lit another cigarette. "Mr. Brunner ?" It was the girl behind the desk. He could see her better now. A little mousy, he thought, but pretty in a nice, clean way. "Yes ?" lie looked straight at her with ex- pressionless eyes staring. She flushed, lie smiled a little. They all flushed. He liked that. "I imagine you're a little nervous. I mean, if you don't want to talk about it, ril understand, but this test flight this morning . . ." He said nothing, lie liked to watch people squirm like she was doing now; they expected an answering friendliness, a warmth, and-didn't get it. "I mean, is it true that you'll be fly- ing better than 800 miles an hour? It seems, well, incredible." "Better than 850." He said it monot- onously, like a school boy reciting. "At the terminal velocity, the plane will be thirteen times the force of gravity, faster than any plane or man has ever flown since the Wright boys started this whole business." Then he smiLed, a tight little smile, un- friendly and ugly. "Why?" he asked with sarcasm. "Afraid. "WelL" she said, "I certainly would be if it were me, but I know your reputation." He wu picking up the phone again when she said it, ust a whisper. I'll say a prayer for you." ' He wheeled, almost savagely, his eyes overbright. "Don't bother, Sister." She looked as if he had struck her. Her face went white. "You shouldn't say that," she said, "really . . ." "Listen." The cruel lines in his face showed. It was not a handsome face. "Listen, Kid, that's baby talk, kinder- garteR stuff. See? The only prayer I want is a good weather report. Prayers--" he snorted and unhooked the phone. "Tower ? Is Micky Scanlon in yet ? Tell him Rick wilt be in the coffee shop when he comes," He strolled out, ignoring the girl. He was angry. She brought back something he wanted to forget--the war, that foolish chaplain. "Rick, you're wrong, dead wrong," he had said, "and I thini in your heart you know it. There is no such thing as an atheist; not deep down. Someday you'll admit it. You'll find out that God will be all that you can turn to . . ." "Listen," Rick had sneered, "I know the real God. He's a machine. He's alu- minum and steel and wire, and that's the only God I believe in or want to know. Believe. me, Father, or preacher, or what- ever you want me to call you, the ma- chine is one God that has never failed me yet. Your god has failed and the men you believe He created have failed, but the machine, neverl" The chaplain protested. Rick had shouted. "Listen, God is a crutch for the weak. I'm not weak. Get it? I'm my own God, and when I kick off that's the end. Do you hear? I know it. I know it." "I'll say a prayer for you," thQ chap- lain had said. Next day he was killed in a strafing attack. It had made Rick mad, then, and the girl, for reminding him of it made him mad now. That chap- lain had been such a fool. He could be alive now, but he was a fool, running around without cover, whispering prayers to guys who were shot up. SOUTH BEND Season's Greetings NOONAN BAKERY Rick slammed into the coffe s,op. An Army major came over to his table. "Brunner?" I'm Cunnlngham. I want to go over the Black Jet with you once more before the test. I want to be ab- solutely sure that the annenmmeter diso SHELTON Olsen Furniture Company "Fine Furniture for The Home" Visit Our New Modern Store TELEPHONE 102 Greetings SHELTON CASH GROCERY H. L. DURAND, Prop. Free Delivery Phone 93 GREETINGS Shelter Hardware And Furniture CO. PHONE 232 Greetings J. C. PENNEY CO., Inc, SHELTON MEAT CO. J. F. BICHSEL, Prop. PHONE 21 CITY MARKET PHONE ,141 GREETINGS LUMBERMEN'S MERCANTILE Established 1895 O "EVERYTHING FROM A NEmDLm TO A LOCOMOTIVE" GREETINGS MUNRO'S SHOE STORE SHOES FOR THE FAMILY Phone Y34 125 Railroad Ave. RAYMOND Raymond Auto Co., Inc, Mercury  Lincoln Zephyr FORD TRUCKS Sales and Service Phone [5 SEASON'S GREETINGS THE FAMILY FUNERAL CHAPEL Raymond South Bend Willapa Harbor Motor Co. Sales Service THIRD & ALDER STS, .e ]e o Page Seventy-Eight The CATHOLIC NORTHWEST PROGRESS YD. The 000000theist In A Jet Plane By JOHN T. RYAN lck Brunner climbed out of the cockpit easily, squinted up into a brilliant morning sun and then, deliberately and cruelly, lit a cigarette before answering the mechanic's question. "Okay, Mac," he said finally, not look- ing at him, "I can't find any bugs in her." He started toward the squat operations building acroa the hot dusty field. The mechanic wiped his hand on cot- ton waste and looked after him. "Cool bird," he murmured, "without a ABERDEEN GREETINGS ABERDEEN DALLY WORLD ABERDEEN, WASH. Kauffman-Scroggs Co. "Furniture Worth Living With" Aberdeen, Wash. , Abrdn. 2417 nerve in his body." He watched Rick saunter across the apron, bareheaded, swinging his goggles carelessly. "Well," thought the mechanic, turning back to the odd-looking experimental plane, "he might be the test pilot in the racket, but this is one flight when I'm glad I'm me." Rick slammed the screen door and halted inside the building. His eyes were unaccustomed to the shade. They were gray eyes with a perpetual squint from looking too long into the sun at 20,000 feet. They were granite eyes, impersonal, veiled. "Mr. Brunner?" said a trim., efficient- looking girl at the desk. "The Army tech- nicians will be here at eight." He didn't answer. He picked up the phone. "weather ?" BAILEY SERVICE 111 N. Broadway Ph. Abrdn. 3895 AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRICAL PARTS MOTOR PART&- CARBURETORS Deice Batteries * Shock Absorbers GREETINGS BURCHCRAFT BOAT COMPANY BUILDERS OF PLEASURE BOATS I000 Mitchell Abrdn. 307 GREETINGS... ABERDEEN PLYWOOD CORPORATION J. C. PENNEY CO., Inc. ABERDEEN HOQUIAM Lumber Supplies, Inc. Park & Wishkah Abrdn. 12 OLYMPIC FINE BREAD RELIABLE BLACKITH SHOP Auto ;Springs A Specialty Welding  Brazing 814 E. State Phone 'Abrdn, T88 Landberg Paint & Glass Co., Inc. 308-305 E: Market St. Ph. Abrdn. 267 PAINT - GLASS - WALLPAPER PRESCRIPTION BECKER BUILDING DRUG O. Phone Aberdeen 374 Grays Harbor. Feed Co, Inc. FEED- STRAW- HAY- POULTRY SUPPLIES - FEED Casoara Bark and Fertilizer 722 East Heron Street Phoneal Aberdeen 1662 and 1663 Furs by Master Furriers ARCTIC FUR CO. *'Graya Harbor's Pioneer Furrier" Designing  Remodeling W Repairing Storage and Insurance MARKET and H ABERDEEN SMITH'S MILK and ICE CREAM HOQU IAM 462 t BAY CITY FUEL CO. 209 W. Wishkah St. Phones: Abrdn. 1S. Hoqm, 68 DIIgOEL: STOVE - FUEL OIL0 WOODALL KINDS !: Frompt Delivery i i WHERE YOU CAN BUY Fire and Automobile Insurance In the Best Companies at ths Lowest Rates Real Estate Riley E. Arfhaud & Son 10t) SO. BROADWAY ABERDEEN 701 "We'll have a final report at eight- thirty." Rick lit another cigarette. "Mr. Brunner ?" It was the girl behind the desk. He could see her better now. A little mousy, he thought, but pretty in a nice, clean way. "Yes ?" lie looked straight at her with ex- pressionless eyes staring. She flushed, lie smiled a little. They all flushed. He liked that. "I imagine you're a little nervous. I mean, if you don't want to talk about it, ril understand, but this test flight this morning . . ." He said nothing, lie liked to watch people squirm like she was doing now; they expected an answering friendliness, a warmth, and-didn't get it. "I mean, is it true that you'll be fly- ing better than 800 miles an hour? It seems, well, incredible." "Better than 850." He said it monot- onously, like a school boy reciting. "At the terminal velocity, the plane will be thirteen times the force of gravity, faster than any plane or man has ever flown since the Wright boys started this whole business." Then he smiLed, a tight little smile, un- friendly and ugly. "Why?" he asked with sarcasm. "Afraid. "WelL" she said, "I certainly would be if it were me, but I know your reputation." He wu picking up the phone again when she said it, ust a whisper. I'll say a prayer for you." ' He wheeled, almost savagely, his eyes overbright. "Don't bother, Sister." She looked as if he had struck her. Her face went white. "You shouldn't say that," she said, "really . . ." "Listen." The cruel lines in his face showed. It was not a handsome face. "Listen, Kid, that's baby talk, kinder- garteR stuff. See? The only prayer I want is a good weather report. Prayers--" he snorted and unhooked the phone. "Tower ? Is Micky Scanlon in yet ? Tell him Rick wilt be in the coffee shop when he comes," He strolled out, ignoring the girl. He was angry. She brought back something he wanted to forget--the war, that foolish chaplain. "Rick, you're wrong, dead wrong," he had said, "and I thini in your heart you know it. There is no such thing as an atheist; not deep down. Someday you'll admit it. You'll find out that God will be all that you can turn to . . ." "Listen," Rick had sneered, "I know the real God. He's a machine. He's alu- minum and steel and wire, and that's the only God I believe in or want to know. Believe. me, Father, or preacher, or what- ever you want me to call you, the ma- chine is one God that has never failed me yet. Your god has failed and the men you believe He created have failed, but the machine, neverl" The chaplain protested. Rick had shouted. "Listen, God is a crutch for the weak. I'm not weak. Get it? I'm my own God, and when I kick off that's the end. Do you hear? I know it. I know it." "I'll say a prayer for you," thQ chap- lain had said. Next day he was killed in a strafing attack. It had made Rick mad, then, and the girl, for reminding him of it made him mad now. That chap- lain had been such a fool. He could be alive now, but he was a fool, running around without cover, whispering prayers to guys who were shot up. SOUTH BEND Season's Greetings NOONAN BAKERY Rick slammed into the coffe s,op. An Army major came over to his table. "Brunner?" I'm Cunnlngham. I want to go over the Black Jet with you once more before the test. I want to be ab- solutely sure that the annenmmeter diso SHELTON Olsen Furniture Company "Fine Furniture for The Home" Visit Our New Modern Store TELEPHONE 102 Greetings SHELTON CASH GROCERY H. L. DURAND, Prop. Free Delivery Phone 93 GREETINGS Shelter Hardware And Furniture CO. PHONE 232 Greetings J. C. PENNEY CO., Inc, SHELTON MEAT CO. J. F. BICHSEL, Prop. PHONE 21 CITY MARKET PHONE ,141 GREETINGS LUMBERMEN'S MERCANTILE Established 1895 O "EVERYTHING FROM A NEmDLm TO A LOCOMOTIVE" GREETINGS MUNRO'S SHOE STORE SHOES FOR THE FAMILY Phone Y34 125 Railroad Ave. RAYMOND Raymond Auto Co., Inc, Mercury  Lincoln Zephyr FORD TRUCKS Sales and Service Phone [5 SEASON'S GREETINGS THE FAMILY FUNERAL CHAPEL Raymond South Bend Willapa Harbor Motor Co. Sales Service THIRD & ALDER STS, .e ]e o