There could be some real financial danger in Pine Ridge if its citizens keep moving out to take jobs in defense plants. An important truck route could go elsewhere instead. Can Lum convince people to stay? For the moment, its still just a rumor about the route change. Abner is a little confused at why Lum is starting such rumors, as the route change. Huh?
Is there a new business Lum can start, or in some way singlehandedly save the town? Abner tells how his women folk have been puddling up, and crying like a houseful of calves. It’s due to Little Pearl going off to join the nurses corps for the war.
The phone keeps ringing, and Abner just can’t understand why women get so much enjoyment out of crying. Will Lum ever get to studying up a business venture? Will the girls get off alright on the mail hack? Will the impact of it all find the crusty old gents doing a little crying themselves?
Notable quote: Lum – Men understand things better than women. If there’s just one thing men don’t understand, it’s women.