fore Mrs. Fiske ought to look 18
years older than in Act II. Hap
pily, she does not. In a beautiful,
close-fitting gown and a picture
hat, she looks at least 15 years
younger than in Act I.
Really, it's most-confusing.
Speaking of Fiskes, Harrison
Grey Fiske, thinks he. has discov
ered a new variety of playwright.
vYou know a common kind oflate
is the one who goes to see a new
show, and immediately swears
that the whole thing was swiped
from some alleged play he wrote,
(Note Many plays have been
stolen. There's no doubtbf that.
Only not all of them are.) '
Well, there came to Mr. Fjske
a young man with -a play., He
took a receipt and left his play. for
a reading. Next day he was back.
He resented his receipt and ask
ed for his play.
"Why, there hasn't been time
to read it," said Mr. Fiske's sec
retary. "I know," said the author.
"But I saw 'The High Road' last
night. While it is a 'woman
play and mine is a 'man play,'
there are points of remarkable
similarity. I never knew any
thing about Sheldon's play till
last night, and I am sure he didn't
know anything about mine, be
cause nobody but me had ever
seen it. But if I left mine here,
anyone who read it might sus
pect most anything. So I guess
I'll take it along1.
'Young-man," responded Mr.
Fisfce's secretary, "Diogenes is
looking for ypu."
i ' o
BILLIE BURKE WRITES ABOUT CURIOSITY
By Billie Burke.
The First Word Men do not
like a woman who cannpt keep a
Ever since Adam and Eve left
the garden, man has deluded
himself with the idea that there is
something mysterious about wo
man. Consequently it is-up ta the
clever woman to flatter his vanity
by making him" think he is right !
"Don't you like a 'close' wo
man?" asked a man of'me the
other day. ,
''What do you mean by a 'close'
woman?" I asked in return.
"Why, a woman who keeps hen
counsel; who does not burden
you with her worries, and, above
all, who docs not evince a great
curiosity about your affairs."
"I have never known but one
woman," he continued, "who did
not seem at all curious who was
perfectly willing that our 'frierid
ship should" be a concern between
her and me alone.
"She never inquired into my af
fairs with others, although she
was always interested in any
thing that I niight tell her. In
all the years I knew her intimate
ly I never knew her to say an un
wind thing about any one else.
And, although she was the frank
est person that I have ever
known, she kept her own affairs
to herself, unless I drew them out
of her with much coaxing.
She was a brave woman and,
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