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A DANCER'S; STORY
By John Francis. Mackenzie.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.);
When Lottie danced her .brain
was as .busy as ,her toes. Her
famous snake dance had been the
rage in .London and.. New 'York
.during the season. Tri-' three
months Lottie had made mpre
money thari she ha'd earned be-
Was Watching Her Again.
fore during the whole, eight years,
of her working life."
Lottie had 'alvays Ic'nowti that
she could dance. .But .that money
was to be made in dancing had
seemed, an absurd idea would
.have seemed so, if" anybody' had
suggested it to her. In those days
of which she was thinking she
had danced round" her little hall
r,oom until the roomers below had
.complained" to - the landlady ;that
was the extent of her dancing.
The yqung fellow in the second
row, of the stalls, with the fool- '
ish, dissipated face, was watching
her again. She knew him, though
.he did not know her. In fact, she
knew him intimately, arid she re
flected on this with a little smile '
of amusement which the audience
mistook for a stage pleasantry.
She had been pestered by him for
a week now. First ,bouquets had ,
come with little notes in them,
then letters. Once he had tried to
speaks to her at the stage door.
She had .put the flowers in water,
tossed the notes and the letters
awy unread and brushed past
him as quietly 'as. though he were
a lump of mud in the street. Still
he persisted.. H,e had not always
been so persistent, in those days
of which LpttieVyvas thinking.
Seven years .before she had
been a saleswoman in Bryant &
Jones' department store. It was a
big store and treated its: employes
fairly well: Still- Lottie had not
been happy, thereV- SHe had been
domestic In Ker ta'stes: still was,
in ...fact and she and. Joe were
both looking fqnvardto .the time
when theywere .to'be 'married and
live in- their little ;home, when
Lottie would not go to work any
more. But Lpttie was a pleasure
loving girl, and she. often wished
that Joe could earn a little more
than his $15 a week as a. tally;
Then young. Mr. Jones the
one with the foolish face, in the
second row had seen her and '
asked jier who she was., And' he
had. taken, her put to. suoer. Bptb;