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care of myself," she cried. "I don't
have to go bad and I won't. But I
will be happy. I can't go to that
dance hall because he might be there
and I I was, afraid to let him call,
and he was mad, I'll go toa new
Someone knocked on the door.
Gertrude stared at it motionlessly.
No one ever visited her. The handle
turned softly and a girl near her own
"Pardon me," she said. "I sup
pose you'll think I'm awfully fresh,
but I haven't been in town long and
I haven't any friends, and the con
cern gave me two tickets to the Or
chestra for tonight. I I know it's
awfully boresome music I like rag
time best but I got to use the tick
ets, and I thought, maybe but
'you're going out, aren't you?"
Gertrude sank down on the bed.
Something just broke in her heart
and she buried her face on the pillow
while her slim young body wracked
itself with sobs.
"Oh, what's the matter?" the vis
"It's that that don't you hear
it?" Gertrude demanded, hysterical
ly, pointing to the radiator. "It says
the same thing every night until I'm
going crazy. It says: 'I'm lonely
I'm lonely.' "
The visitor looked frightened, then
her eyes grew moist.
"What do you know about that?"
she said, with an attempt at laugh
ter that broke curiously. "My crazy
radiator says the same thing at
least it did until I made faces at it
Wouldn't you like to go tonight? It's
tame, but we can get an ice cream
soda on the way down and call it a
picnic. Oh, I wish you'd be friends
with me! You're so pretty and I just
want to chum with you."
Gertrude dabbed at her eyes and
arose, half ashamed. She picked up
the powder puff and dabbed her nose,
then she straightened lier hair and
pinned on her hat.
"I'ja. ready," she said. "We'll miss
the soda if we don't hurry," but at
the door she paused, looked back,
and made a face at the radiator.
Washington. President Wilson
will accompany Mrs. Wilson and
daughters to summer capital at Cor
nish, N. EL, June 29, returning to '
Washington July 7.