Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 171

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 171

 …It’s a gas to see Willard pump Billy with science and Billy filling Willard with some old-time religion…

When you are young, somewhere between newborn and teenager, your mother holds sway over you. When it thunders, she tells you that the angels are bowling. If your drop a fork, you should expect company. See a rainbow, catch the leprechaun and you’ll have a pot of gold. When you bump your noggin or stub your baby toe, it feels like you’re going to die.

Nearly without fail, mom’s words, ‘It’ll be all right honey, let me kiss it and make it all better’, would soothe the wounded soul.

For Constance Caraway and Fanny Renwick adulthood has come a calling and there isn’t a mother alive who can make things better. For more years than either will admit to, they have leaned exclusively on each other, in the good times and the bad. Whether as best friends or business partners, emotional support comes from the other, needing not the likes of an Ace Bannion or a Worth Moore.

But the times they are a changing.

Ace has becomes the man Constance cannot wash out her hair and there is no hiding it. When he calls to tell her that he is flying the Graham plane back to Chicago for an extended layover, she is beside herself with joy. With Billy absorbing an unexpected open date at the Chicago Stadium (sorry L. Dick) and then taking to a Midwest bus tour on this leg of his Crusade, up pops a one month window with an “ace” in hand.

“Is this Willard Libby’s, sweet sixteen party?” code for Libby becoming part of Billy Graham’s Chicago Stadium Crusade, seven days sold out and counting. Sellouts, even though admission is free, determine how long the troupe will stay in any given city.

Greyhound

Midwest Crusade Tour Bus

“You know it. He’s on a Greyhound Scenicruiser to a KC right now, so he can experience a tent revival for himself, so he can get a feel for the workings of how his presentation will fit in with the program as a whole. It’s a gas to see Willard pump Billy with science and Billy filling Willard with some old-time religion.


Constance Caraway P.I.

Forever Mastadon


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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 63

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 63

…Caraway & Renwick have been the best of “friends” ever since they met in Tallahassee 20 years ago…

“Can we afford all this Connie, the hotel alone is $40 dollars a night?” Fanny holds the money but it is Constance who controls it, a system of checks and balances that should make Congress feel guilty. Senators and House members go on oversea junkets, in the guise of fact-finding missions, when in fact they are on taxpayer sponsored vacations for themselves and three-quarters of their extended family… plus 2 or 3 loyal campaign contributors. Constance and Fanny are splurging by going a grand total of 60 blocks north of Hyde Park. “And I had to buy a new Polaroid after those creeps nabbed me, another $70 dollars plus sales tax.”

“That was $48,000 dollars I deposited at Northern Trust,“ she speaks to the LaSalle Street branch where she gave the Libby Incident money a safe haven, in a big-time hurry right after her spooky experience at 33 North LaSalle; in their well-gotten gains go a, scant block down the street and none too soon. “You should have the lion’s share of the remaining two thousand left, right?”

“I did advance Eddie $500 for January… and a $20 bonus for showing us a good time this week,” Fanny speaks to her discretion. “It was generous of Martin to pay him for December.”

“Good, that leaves us a good sum to celebrate in grand style!” Just what the new year has in store for them, is story as yet unwritten. “Let’s get back to Palmer House and get ready to ring in 1951!

“Friends”

“This is our first New Year’s Eve away from home,” Fanny reflects warmly on memories fashioned in Florida.

“Times, they are ‘a changing, Fan!”

The two women have been the best of “friends” ever since they met in a Tallahassee greasy spoon 20 years ago…


Constance Caraway P.I.

Forever Mastadon


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