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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 15, 1913, Image 13

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'A MISUNDERSTANDING
'By, Charlotte; Hynes,
"Betty, what is that I hear about
your new beau ? " asked her Aunt Jes
sie indulgently. , ,
Jessie Mmtunrwas thirty-two and
not pretty. Shelved -with her wid
owed sister, Mrs". ,'Qhartersn and her
only cMlddyer vhosemadcap nature
she exercised what restraint was pos
sible. Betty was,np(Tbad, but-per-,
fectly irresponsible. But 'then she
Saw Her in Rapt Conversation
was. a beauty, and even at seventeen
Jessie Minturn could never have been
that. It did not' seem possible, that
Aunt Jessie had,, ever.had a beau.
"Who 'told, you?" asked Betty,
turning on her" aunt in artful tri
umph.. ' ,
"My dear, it's, become village.- gos
sip;" said Aunt, Jessie. v"And. when
a thing ge ts toheithat it's 'time some
thing was done. Howt about George
Crpth(ers?"
"0, George is all right," said Bet
ty. "But George is just my ordinary,
regular-beau, and Wilfred is quite dif
ferent." '
'Wilfred?" exclaimed her aunt.
Wilfred who?"-
"Now you'll, have to find that out
for yourself, aunt," said Betty, danc
ing away. But don't be afraid. .I'm
only leading him on just to have some
fun with him. , He's really 'too old for
me, auntj he must be nearly forty. I
niet him in town last month and
well, I suppose old Mrs. Witherspoon
saw me talking to him at the fair
and spread the news, all over the vuV
lage. I must say he knows how to
say pretty thing's, thoughA
"Betty, come' here," said her aunt,
so. severely . that Betty, startled,
obeyed her.with unwonted alacrity.
"Betty, I'm going to tell you some
thing;" said Jessie Minturn.' "You're
only a slip of a child y'e't and you
don't know nearly as much as I do
about"
"About men, aunt?" queried Betty
in amusement, seeing the cojopflam
ing in her aunt's face.
"About the world," Aunt Jessie an
swered. "Now, Betty, I'm going to
tell'you something that I have never
told anybody before-.! You think that
I have never been in love, don't you?"
"Why, Aunt Jessie!" exclaimed her
niece, looking at her in astonishment
"I didn't know " Her voice was all
expressive of repentance now.
"I'm going to -tell you about it,"
Miss Minturn continued, "so that it
may be a warning to you. Years
ago ten' years, I suppose I met
somebody never mind where. I was
an inexperienced, impulsive girl and
he was my first conquest. One even-
ing when he had been' calling on me,
and had said good-night, he stppped
at;the door and looked at me. 1 was
very much in love with him, although ,
he had said nothing to me. I sup- (
pose my face told him all that, he 5
wanted to know. He bent down and
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