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Algren - A Ticket on Skoronski

THE SATURDAY EVENING POST "That snake friend of yours has led us down a garden path." (1.,ktLQE,L, The hum ifier that really works! TICKET ON SKORONSKI over the door flickered out, and somebody came in. Came in without walking around Lopez, and stood in the shadow of the juke. Lopez closed the door. "Race results?" he asked. " No horse players in here," I told him. " Then buy a paper to put on your head," Lopez said. " It's raining outside." Nobody else had seen the one who came in. The blue-and-red light flickered on again. " What are you going to do with your money? Be the richest guy in the cemetery?" Lottie asked Haircut Man when he won a hand. "Mind the bar and shut the mouth," Owner told her. " Watch how you talk to my mother," Fielder told Owner. " You tell me how to talk when you can pay for your own drinks," Owner said. " Don't worry. I see all that goes on." "So do I," Fielder said, like under his breath. "All." "You keep mouth shut," Lottie called across the bar. " When Haircut Man gives me a job," Fielder let Owner know, " I won't spend one dirty nickle in here." Haircut Man said nothing. But Fielder's chance with him had come and gone. "Fielder," Haircut Man told him ten years ago, "come to shop at eight o'clock. I learn you haircut business." Fielder made it to the old man's shop at two in the afternoon, so drunk he had to sleep it off in one of the chairs with his outfielder's glove across his face. All he's done since is sell gum at doubleheaders. Takes his mitt along in case of a foul. Who remembers when Fielder played? Who remembers Fielder, a boy like a deer? " Where you going, old man?" Owner asked when Haircut Man got up. "To wash face," the old man told him. "To put his money in his shoe, he means," Lottie said, after the old man had shut the washroom door. Haircut Man wears Ground Gripper shoes. If he would put shoe trees in them, they wouldn't turn up at the toes. I was dealing when he came back from the washroom. " You look bad, old man," I told him when he sat down. We all had our cards in hand before he picked his up. He picked them up and began squeezing one card at a time. When he got to the fourth, he let one card fall to the table. Then another, then another. The last two fell to the floor. His head went forward on his chest. " Wake up, old man !" Fielder reached across the table, caught Haircut Man's wrists, and began to rub them. "Old man! Wake up!" Owner ran behind Haircut Man's chair to take him under the shoulders. "Telephone ! Telephone doctor !" Fielder shouted, taking up the old man's feet. "Keep head down!" he told Owner. "Feet down!" Owner shouted at Fielder, but they went up, so Owner grabbed the ankles and pushed. Fielder yanked the body out of Owner's grip. He carried Haircut Man all the way to the pinball machine and stretched him out face down with his heels against the scoreboard. Then—so sudden, fast like a fish—Haircut Man flipflopped so his face turned up. I thought he looked better that way myself. I saw the one who'd come in standing behind the juke. He had his cap over his eyes. §O !',/AUTOMATIC WHOLE-HOUSE HUMIDIFICATION ...with y type heating system A real breakthrough ... automatic Aprilaire humidification for every homeowner! A new Aprilaire Humidifier, specifically designed for hot water or steam heating, has joined the famous forced air furnace models. All deliver the same important-to-you features. Just set a dial in your living area. And the out-of-sight Aprilaire Hu- midifier takes over... to assure all the benefits of proper relative humidity. Constantly. Conveniently. Automatically. But, just any humidifier can't do it. It takes accurate control, sufficient capacity, trouble-free operation. You get all this with an Aprilaire Humidifier. That's why it's known as "The Humidifier That Really Work-s." Booklet explains humidity, has questions to ask your dealer about any humidifier RESEARCH PRODUCTS Corporation Dept. 10, Madison, Wisconsin 53701 I have 0 Forced Air Heat 0 Hot Water-Steam Heat 0 Other NAME ADDRESS CITY STATE ZIP 1 52


Algren - A Ticket on Skoronski
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