Excerpt: ..."You're a brave, sweet girl," she said. "Now I think I'll rest again." Neither one mentioned the aerial duel they had witnessed as the special roared on to the pace of its quickened motors. Jane prepared breakfast and while her passenger sipped the hot chocolate, the stewardess went up to the pilots' cockpit. "Some dog fight," said Charlie Fischer. "Those army boys showed up just in time." 129 "I suppose I should say it was terrible," said Jane, "but knowing what those bandits would have done to my passenger, I feel they got just what was coming to them." "They had time to repent all of their sins on the way down," admitted Charlie. "Say, we're skipping Des Moines. Got plenty of fuel to take us to Iowa City." When they landed in the eastern Iowa city, another message from New York reassured Mrs. Van Verity Vanness and she read most of the way into Chicago. When they rolled up to the ramp of the Chicago field, Jane suggested that her passenger step out and walk a bit. "You'll feel much better," she assured her. Mrs. Van Verity Vanness agreed and Jane assisted her out of the plane. Reporters were clamoring at the gate, but a cordon of police kept them from the field. Charlie Fischer grinned as he went by. "I'm going over and be a hero," he chuckled, nodding toward the cameramen and reporters, who were hungry for the story of the escape from the bandits. The short, stocky figure of Hubert Speidel, 130 personnel director of Federated Airways, emerged from the crowd and came toward them. He beckoned to Jane and she left her passenger for a moment. "Everything all right?" asked the personnel chief anxiously. "She seems to be enjoying the trip now," replied Jane, "but she wants a stewardess to continue with her." Just then Mrs. Van Verity Vanness took matters into...
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