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THE STORY THUS FAR: Forty-four
year-old Wilbert Winkle, who operates
the Fixit repair shop. Is notified by his
draft board that be Is in 1-A. He breaks
the bad news to his domineering wife.
Amy, who suddenly becomes very tender.
Mr. Winkle is sent to Camp Squibb,
■where he graduates from Motor Mechan
ics school, and then foes home on a fur
lough. After the furlough Mr. Winkle
finds himself, with his friend. Mr. Tinker,
In a big convoy. They land on the Island
of Talizo, where they meet several old
pals. One day the Japs come. Mr. Win
kle dives under a command car while
Mr. Tinker shoots It out with a plane.
Mr. Tinker Is hit, Mr. Winkle grabs a
machine gun and mows down the Japs.
As he aimed, the officer was pass
ing Mr. Tinker. To Mr. Winkle's
amazement, one of Mr. Tinker's legs
moved out and tripped the man,
sending him sprawling. Mr. Tink
er's jump at him was more of a
crawl, but he made it before the
Jap could fire his pistol.
The hairy hands of Mr. Tinker
found the officer's throat. They held
on while the two rolled on the
ground. Gradually the Jap's con
vulsive movements stopped and he
lay still. Mr. Tinker continued to
retain his grasp on the other's
throat, viselike, even when, in turn,
there was no more movement from
Mr. Winkle turned back to his
He felt no shock when he saw
more assault boats coming out of
the mist in addition to the two now
beaching themselves. He had only
the determined desire to kill and
kill again even when he knew he
must be overpowered.
He didn't hear, above the noise
of his gun, the trucks grinding to a
stop in back of him with a shriek of
brakes. For some time he wasn't
ware that other men, live men,
He wasn't aware that other men,
live men, were in the fox hole with
were in the fox hole with him and
that still more were firing from the
•sand for some distance on either
He didn't know when he left the
fox hole and with the others ran
upon the beach with a rifle in his
nands. He was astounded, once, to
note the bayonet on the end of the
rifle, and that he had plunged it
into a Jap soldier and was having
difficulty in getting it out. Twist, he I
thought, that was it. He twisted, I
and the blade came free. It was
true what they said.
He felt a sharp sting in his left
On top of his head there was a
His helmet was knocked off.
Something crashed on his bare
head and after that he was aware of
• • •
Mr. Winkle opened his eyes cau
tiously. He had been conscious for
a few minutes, but he couldn't place
where he was.
The first thing he saw was the
face of Jack Pettigrew. Jack had
only a head, which floated in the
air all by itself. The mouth in the
head said, "Hello, Pop."
"So you made it, too," observed
" 'Made it?' " Jack's head in
"We're dead, aren't we?" asked
Mr. Winkle. "You were dead the
last time I saw you. This is Heav
en, I suppose. Or is it—?" In some
panic he demanded, "Which one?"
The head laughed. "We're in an
Army hospital just outside of Los
The rest of Jack came into focus.
Clad in pajamas and a bathrobe, he
was sitting on the edge of a white
bed. There were lines of white
"I don't understand," Mr. Winkle
said. "We're supposed to be on
Talizo. You—and the Japs . . ."
"The Japs," Jack grinned, "didn't
get anywhere. We've taken the
whole island since then. You saved
it. You're a hero. You're going to
get a medal. The President told
about you in one of his speeches."
"And look at these papers." Jack
rummaged in a locker between the
beds and then held the front pages
THE DANBITRY REPORTER. DAXIH'KY. N. C.. TIM RSDAY. JANUARY 25. 1915
of newspapers so Mr. Winkle could
read them. One of them was The
Evening Standard. Mr. Winkle took
it and saw big black letters which
WINKLE, HERO OF TALIZO
"I'm supposed to call the nurse
if you wake up," Jack said. "You've
been out for five weeks. You're not
supposed to talk."
"You do the talking," Mr. Winkle
ordered. "And lots of it."
"You don't have to worry," Jack
said. "Mrs. Winkle knows. I went
home to see my folks. I'm here
now only for a check-up before I
join my new company. We're head
ed for the Philippines this time."
"You left out something," Mr.
Winkle said. "The most important
part. The Alphabet, Freddie, and
the others . . ."
In a low voice, Jack said, "I was
the only one."
It was a moment before he could
ask about Mr. Tinker. Then he
spoke only his name.
"No," jack told him.
At least, thought Mr. Winkle, Mr.
Tinker had got his Jap himself.
He would always cherish thinking
of the sight of Mr. Tinker with his
hands around the Japanese officer's
"That's why I want to go back,"
"I'm going, too," Mr. Winkle told
Mr. Winkle enjoyed, instead of
shying from, every moment of his
reception when he arrived in Spring
ville. He beamed at the huge crowd
waiting at the station. With satis
faction, he saw and heard the Amer
ican Legion band which had turned
out for him alone this time. He
read the banners and posters peo
ple carried. He admired the deco
rations, one of which read unasham
edly: "Our Hero."
There was Amy embracing him
and murmuring brokenly, "Wilbert
. . . Wilbert . .
"Look," he said. Right there be
fore all the people he lifted his arm
to shoulder height, telling Amy,
"That's as far as it will go."
Amy stared at him, embarrassed
and stricken. The crowd hushed.
"It's good enough for holding
you," Mr. Winkle told his wife, put
ting his arm around her.
The crowd roared its approval,
while Amy, blushing, whispered to
him, "Wilbert, you're changed more
The Mayor stepped up and gave
him the keys to the city, in the form
of a large wooden key painted gold
and festooned with gay ribbons.
Then came the most important
part of the ceremony, the part that
made Mr. Winkle most apprecia
tive and brought a lump to his
His own commanding officer be
ing some distance away, it had been
arranged for the Colonel who com
manded the camp where Mr. Win
kle was inducted into the Army to
present him with the Distinguished
The Colonel read the citation from
a scroll. "... awarded to Wilbert
George Winkle . . . distinguished
himself by extraordinary heroism
in connection with military opera
tions against an armed enemy . . .
beyond and above his duty ..."
The Colonel pinned the medal on
his tunic, stepped back and saluted
him. Mr. Winkle was so surprised
at being saluted first by an officer,
and especially one of such rank as
a Colonel, that he forgot to salute
back. Instead, he found himself
shaking hands with the Colonel.
In the Mayor's car, with the May
or in front and Mr. Winkle and a
weepy Amy alone in the back seat,
they paraded through the town to
the blaring accompaniment of the
band and cheering people who threw
a great many bits of paper from
the buildings. Mr. Winkle waved
and waved his good arm, and it was
borne in upon him that it was most
men's dream come true, notably be
cause this time no one called out
Finally they were deposited in
front of their house, where a num
ber of people were gathered. Among
them was Mr. Wescott, who had evi
dently come out to see for himself.
And having seen, he didn't find any
reason to laugh now. He couldn't
say anything at all when he opened
his mouth in that endeavor, but
simply stood there with his lips part
Mr. Winkle greeted him warmly
and shook hands before going on
with Amy up their walk.
Mr. Onward, the reportographer,
whom Mr. Winkle had seen at the
station taking pictures, followed
them up the walk. "Listen," Mr.
Onward asked rather humbly, "how
about an interview?"
"No," said Mr. Winkle, "no inter
"But—" Mr. Onward began to
"Use the same one you printed
before," Mr. Winkle suggested.
"That was a good one."
Alone together in their house, Mrs.
Winkle dabbed at her eyes with her
The Colonel pinned the medal ob
handkerchief, touched his medal
with one finger, dabbed some more,
and asked, "Whoever would have
"Not me," said Mr. Winkle.
"Not I," she corrected. She spoke
a little sharply, as if trying to hide
her emotions or expressing a desire
to bring him down a peg in case his
popularity might have gone to his
In trying to determine which it
was, Mr. Winkle saw the answer to
his speculation on whether or not
Amy would continue in her new re
gard for him, or revert to the old.
He found a number of things to
support his belief that war had
changed her as permanently as it
She would not find it comfortable
to henpeck a national hero.
_ RY HAROLD L. LUNDQUIST. D D.
Of The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago.
Released by Western Newspaper Union.
Lesson for January 28
lesson subjects and Scripture texts se
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LOYALTY TO THE KINGDOM
LESSON TEXT-Matthew 8:33; 7:12. 16-29.
COLDEN TEXT—Seek ye first the King
dom of God, and His righteousness; and all
these things shall be added unto you.—
In the kingdom of Christ there
must be unquestioned loyalty. If
then He is the King of our lives, we
as Christian men and women will
want to live in accordance with
His blessed will.
Loyalty to Christ leads to the best
kind of living. It surpasses any ex
perience of loyalty to a cause or a
human personality. Instead of hin
dering or limiting our development,
it opens wide the grand vistas of a
life altogether worth-while. It is a
I. Well Ordered (6:33).
Much of the distress in which men
and women find themselves is
caused by the fact that their lives
are not well ordered. They live in
a constant flurry of uncertainty, in
decision and disorder. They have
no proper center for their lives, and
consequently they are lopsided and
lacking in real usefulness.
See how delightfully right is the
experience and activity of a follow
er of Christ. He is the center. The
interests of His kingdom are the
first in thought. His righteousness
is the rule of life. Other things?
Well, all that is necessary, God adds
day by day.
When the center of life is right,
everything else is right—when that
is wrong, all is wrong. Is your life
centered in Christ?
11. Kind (7:12).
Spiritual principles apply to daily
living, to our attitude toward our
fellow men. Here we have the so
called Golden Rule. It is not the
way of salvation; it is a summary
of the teaching of the law and proph
ets. But it does provide us with a
splendid principle of daily conduct.
Our active concern each day and
in every touch with others is to be,
"How would I like them to deal with
me? Let me do thus to them."
That is a higher standard than you
think until you really try it. Only
Christ can enable you to do it.
111. Fruitful (7:16-20).
Two fruit trees or vines may look
almost alike until the fruit appears,
and then we learn the true char
acter of each—whether good or bad.
Every life brings forth some kind
of fruit, and in its outward manifes
tation the life speaks of the inward
condition of the life. Unclean ar.d
profane speech, hatred, dishonesty
and trickery—these come out of an
evil heart. Righteousness, pure and
kindly speech, thoughtful actions,
honest and straightforward dealings
—these speak of the good heart.
The one whose life is centered in
Christ (see above) is a vine after
God's own planting. His roots strike
deep down into the grace and mercy
of God, and his fruit is the Christ
like grace of Christian character
(see Gal. 5:22, 23).
IV. Genuine (7:21-23).
Lip service will not do (v. 21).
Even an imitation of the real serv
ice of God's people, but rendered
without the backing of a life of faith,
will result only in disappointment
and our Lord's own disavowal (vv.
The opposite of that is equally
true. The real child of God works
for Christ; he speaks of his Lord,
and calls on His name. But in
and through it all there is the evi
dent ring of sincerity and genuine
ness which marks it as the real
One does not hear much mention
these days of hypocrites in the
church. Perhaps we are too pohte
to speak of them, or it may be that
we think them too obvious to need
pointing out. But they are there,
going through the motions of a
Christian life, talking the language,
and imitating the works, but com
pletely dead spiritually.
V. Well Grounded (7:24-20).
The figure of speech changes. In
stead of being likened to fruit trees,
men's lives are said to be like
houses, with their various kinds of
foundations and superstructures.
The figure is an interesting and
instructive one. There is only one
foundation upon which one can build
a Christian life. "Other foundation
can no man lay than that is laid,
which is Jesus Christ" (I Cor.
Therein lies the folly of the mod
ernist or liberal. He has denied and
rejected the only foundation—and
yet tries to build a house of Chris
tian character. When the real prob
lems of life strike, he goes down in
On the other hand, let no Christian
who has laid a foundation on the
rock fail to go on and build upon
it. Thus grounded, his house of
faith will stand though the'wind and
rain and floods of life seek to tear
it down. Of that kind of house we
read that "it fell not: for it was
founded upon a rock" (v. 25).
This lesson will afford many pro
fessed Christians a chance to test
their lives and their loyalties by
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