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honored critic," remembering
Squires just in time.
""I am glad to meet you there) I
would say greet you here, I mean
beat you where. Really, I mean
you ,are welcome," and he polish
ed off his face with a paint rag,
hastily caught up, thereby decor
ating his face in a manner more
startling than becoming-
"Yes, you are welcome, I'm
welcome, Squires is welcome, and
we're alL welcome," he managed
to get out.
"Let's welcome each other,"
murmured Squires, and then
stopped, touched i by Gerty's ap
"Yes, of course, we are all wel
come," Kerle floundered, but Dor-'
othy helped him out by suggest
ing. "Shbw us the picture."
"To be sure, the picture. sI'll
show it to you and you'll see then
whether-or not I'm an artist if
I'm not an oratdr," and Kerle
beamed, flourishing the paint rag.
"I call my picture 'A Quiet Gos
sip,' " Kerle continued suddenly
drawing the curtain.
There was silence, then Dor
othy gave a sob: It was awful.
The coloring was not bad, Kerle
having made a fairly good blend
of the primary colors so as, tapro
duce the most vivid effects, -but
the figures were terrible. Gerty
saw immediately what a carica
ture it was, and she strove to save
the 'situation. With a hysterical
laugh she sprang forward, saying
"Isn't Kerle a dear to plan such
a jjice fon-us.?" and she tried to
convey her meaning to her broth
er, but he only stood gazimjEE
stupidly at them all, wondering)
at their lack of congratulation's.
Women can always be counted
upon to rise to the occasion. Thdj
picture was terrible, but Kerlea
was not, at least to Dorothy. Shent
knew, even if he Jiad not yet founctl
out that he was The Man for her,
that he was, and disregarding the
rest, she slipped up to him, and
laying her hand on his arm, said
'T think it is a wonderful pic
ture, Kerle. I'm awfuilyNprqud
to know the artist who" pointed
"We all are," Squires broke in,
feeling the pathos ofthe situation,
and especially 'ISertyis gf let
Kerle-' was not fooled, however.
Dropping' the 'curtains h'e '.said
"I see how it -is. I?m ahead of
my time. -People-haven't learned
yet to see things as-'they really
are," and "his party broke up hur
riedly. However, one lingered,
and when they "were alone, Kerle
"Honestly do youiike this pic
ture, Dorothy?" v ,
For an instant she tried to say
she did, but knowing- its awful
ness, she broke down, and be
tween her sobs managed to say:
"No", I can't, but I do like you."a,
This helped "right smart," asn
Kerle had heard them say whilst
he was south, and with Dorothy's c
soft young cheek pressed against?
his own, and her hand in his, hert
promised to try and forgive them
all for not being truly artistic, and2
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