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THE STORY OF A PAIR OF SHQB
r- By Don MacGregor.
Outside the blizazrd moaned
The wind, bitter in it's first
piercing sting-of winter, soughed
through the house.
A gaudily painted calendar
flapped bleakly, drearily, against
The girl sitting before the piti
ful little radiator for these are
the days of science shivered de
spite the torn blanket in which
she 'was wrapped.
Were you ever at a mine
Where an explosion had occurred,
and the government rescuers had
arrived, and a rabbit had been
lowered into the black pif mouth
that men might know if the air
was fit to breathe, and had been
brought up again sick and feeble
and. dying? ' .
There was the same look in the
girl's eyes as there is1 in the eyes
of such a rabbit.
She lifted her purse,-and emp
tied its contents out on the bed.
.One dollar and seventy-seven
cents ! And she needed shoes so
badly! ' N -
Her feet had almost frozen on
the way to the store where she
worked that morning, and they
ftad been wet and cold and numb
all day since.
She spread the money' out on
the bed and arranged it indif
ferent formations, and counted it
again and again.
Then she huddled in the torn shoes. ,
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eyes at the radiator that was fast
turning dead cold.
Hours passed while the girii
struggled with the problem. Shea,
never moved until, from some-i
where in the luxurious -regions i
below where people paid $3 and
even $4 -a week for- a room, ,a z
clock tanged cheaply twelvaq
times. - - - ..'..- .
A drunken, man on the. streeto
below Jaughed noisily, -foolishly.
Some nightmare - haunted 3
sleeper in the house cried aloud
in agony. - ; ' -a
The girl shivered and rose-and
went to the window - , 2
The snow had stopped, and all-u
the city was wrapped- in a' man
tle -of white, wondrous fair, butrtf
cold deadly cold and threaten-a
ing. - m . N '-
From the girl window, than
white reaches of dreary "bade
yards stretched interminably toi
the river. And there they gaveo
way suddenly to the blazing
white lights of the city, that,S
shimmered and glowed- in ra
diance against the heavy, wintry
sky. i t l
The girl stood there, -gazing -and
gazing, and thinking- andf
She needed shoes' so badly!
And she had not- the. money to a
buy them, and it was two days-i
before pay day, and even when
that came with, its miserly $5,
she would not be able to buy-I