Lum goes over manuscripts for his new publishing company with Abner. He’s looking for submissions from young, hopeful writers, but all he’s gotten so far is slush and mush from the characters of Pine Ridge. Mousey’s poetry, romance from the Widow Abernathy, even some fiction from grandpap.
A phone call from Mrs Barton sidetracks the discussion of the publishing topic, and introduces one on the USO. Lum scoffs at the idea at first, then Cedric enters with a letter from his friend who is serving in the Army. They get a little confused at some of the censorship and military security tactics in the letter, but in reading the letter out loud, Lum shares the benefit of the USO. Providing books, and creature comforts to the young troops who serve in distant places.