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THE PICTURE HAT
By Gertrude Mary Sheridan.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"I wish I had one of those new pic
ture hats," sighed -Elsa Dunbar and
knew that she sighed in-vain, but did
not know that her fond wish had
been overheard and by a veritable
It was natural that a neat, hand
some and ambitious girl like Elsa
Paused as His Eye Lit Upon Elsa's
Hat With Photograph On It.
should long for the pretty things of
life. It was a bad time to have ex
travagant notions, though. Affairs
were at low ebb with her crippled
father and worn-out mother. They
had a httle home and a piece of land
from which they earned a bare living,
but there was a mortgage on the
property. The holder was miserly old
Silts Bounderby and he had been
pressing them sorely of late for pay
ment. The village picnic was due the next
day and two girls had passed the
humble home with the new feminine
fad in Wharton picture hats. Els
saw and wished. Then she went into
the house to attend to some culinary
duties and forgot all about her wish.
Elsa was a great favorite with 'the
children of Wharton. Two had come
to have her tell them stories little
Nettie Lane and her brother. They
stood outside the fence where Elsa
did not see them and they heard the
The wise httle Nettie was impress
ed by the deep, earnest manner of the
speaker. In fact, a slight shade of
seriousness on the face of her great
favorite caused Nettie to remain out
side. "Come, brother," she said to her
companion, "Miss Dunbar is sad and
worried and we won't bother her "to
day. Did you hear what she said?"
"That she wanted a picture hat?
Yes. What's a picture hat, Nettie?"
"I.don't know, bit I'm going to find
out," answered Nettie thoughtfully.
"I'd do anything to make Miss Dun
"So would I!" declared little Bob
bie with unction.
"And I'd give all my dolls'and all
my story books just to get lier one of
those picture hats."
"And I'd throw in all my marbles
and agates all except the new fal
sey. Sam Cupples is half owner of
Bobbie ran off just here to join his
announced partner, whom he saw at
a distance. Nettie trudged along, im
mersed in deep thought. She met a
companion of her own age and there
was a long consultation as to "pic
"I think I know what they are,"
said Nettie's juvenile adviser.
"Well, what?" inquired Nettie withv
"You know how girls wear pictures
in lockets and in the backs of
watches, and that?'
"Uh-huh," bobbed Nettie, hoping
she was guessing right.
"Well, I'll bet a picture hatjs where