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LOVE'S YOUNG DREAM
By Selina Elizabeth Higgins.
(Copyright by Y. G. Chapman.)
"Don't stand in your own light,
Hilda. Mr. Armitage is a rising
man of business, and many a girl
would consider herself lucky to
Armitage Slunk From the Room.
receive the attentions he has
"Mother, his attentions are
more than distasteful to me. I
cannot bear to even have him
speak to me."
"There are a good many rea
sons why you should encourage
him," declared Hilda Mason's
The girl's lips closed tightly.
A worried, anxious look came
over her face. She put on her
wraps and left her humble home
for her daily work.
The worldly advise of her step
mother had made little impres
sion upon Hilda. Mr. James Arm
itage was practically her em
ployer. He was in full charge of
the silk factory of Meserve & Co.,
one of several operated by that
wealthy firm. Hilda's father had
been engineer of the plant half his
life time. Her brother. Bob, was
in charge of the shipping room.
A smaller brother was errand
boy in the office. Hilda had light
agreeable work in the sample de
partment. It was only recently that the
Masons felt that prospects were
brightening for them. A strike,
sickness, the failure of a bank
carrying away their savings, had
brought about a hard experience.
Xow, with all hands at work, the
future looked encouraging.
Armitage had come to the plant
about a year previous. From the
first Hilda had felt repelled by
him. He had a hard, cynical face.
He was pitiless in his exactions
with the workers. He was a wid
ower, and Hilda had heard that
his wife had died of a broken
Armitage had seemed to take
a fancy to Hilda, as the thought
less Mrs. Mason put it in her
shallow way. When on two oc
casions recently he had asked per
mission to take Hilda to places of
entertainment, she had not en
joyed his company, and was glad
to get home again.
"I wouldn't wipe my shoes on
the wretch," a discharged office
girl told Hilda, meeting her on
the street. "He is a snake, a ty-