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"Some people," Baid-Miss Farrell,
"tnink that if awoman is on. the
stage she doesn't amount to much.
And that's where they guess -wrong.
Why, if my'Joe eyen heard of Bob
by's notes he'd wring his neck."
- "You are engaged then?" inquired
the visitor, -.mors- gently.
. "To the best man 'in the world,"
answered MIss'FarreQ, twirling a soli
taire upon her finger: '"And for Joe's
sake-afjd perhaps for Bobby's girl,
though she'd be well rid -of him, in
my'bpinfon I'll do what I can."
- "But it must stop at once," cried
Mrs. Vap -Leyden tearfully. "What
can you do? Robert is very deter
mined and very reckless."
. Miss FarrelTwent to her secretaire
and pulled open a drawer, from which
she took a letter.
, v "Read? that," shesaid", handing it
tov Mrs. Van Leyden.
Mrs. Van Leyden Tead it wjth hor
, "He wants you to dine with him
at the Imperial tomorrow night," she
gasped. . "Why, the boy must be mad!
A' dozen people would recognize him
and you. Miss Farrell, what are
you going to do?"
"Does your hUB Mr. Van Leyden
know about this?" Inquired Miss Far
rell. "He doesn't care," sobbed the
other. ''He thinks it's it's funny!"
"Will he take you to the Imperial
tomorrow night at elevea if you -ask
him?" Inquired the actress.
"Of course he would. But what
"are you going to do ? "
"Fix MaBter Bobby. Will you -be
"I will.' But you you're not going
"Nowke it 'easy," answered the
younger woman, patting her visitor's
hand. "I promise to put a finish to
Bobby, and without-scandal." , ,
Mrs. Van Leyden went away shak
'ihg her head. But "Miss Farrell lean
ed back in her chair and laughed
'till the tears ran down her cheeks.
' ,rWhat's the matter, Madge ?"'in-
- mother, entering
"0 Ma! 0 Ma! 0 Ma!" sobbed Miss
Farrell hysterically. .
It was In a frenzy of fear and" agi
tation ttet Mrs. Van Leydett tpok.her
place opposite her husband at thelm
perior supper table the next evening.
There were the Taylors, the Houghs,
the Maynards--half a dozen people
she knew, and all Intimate -friends.
'If Bobby and that awful actress came
In the i town would be ablaze with,
scandal the nextjmornin. She trem
bled as each couple entered, and
swept the room with her anguished -eyes.
".', , - ,
Suddenly she-Btarted: Bobby,, was
coming' in J"" ", i ;
But was tbjs Bobby, who'-took a
seat at the supper tblepUhis'j im
maculately attired; -young man hrho
sat down, at the .farthest tabtehalf
hidden. under the palms? , And this
hang-dog loo'k in lus eyeVr-she had
had never seen that nefor&AiHi the
woman with, him! She glanced in
terror at her hucjbandi . She nad- told
him"npthiri,and he was toomuch
absbrbedialusupper 'to. notice her
own .terror! oipthe cause of 'It But
tha&wtimaaL 'zf . T ''
A "stott?jpaidaije;aged woman of
forty-ivjeTprTsd, $rithsa.huge red hat
from&cfc.j'depended five pink os
trich 'phifcqes.t a yellow; evening gown
trimmed ifltn-viotet bows, a pair of
short,- bla'ckglavesa .vapid, smile,
and anTiifibrella! ' 'i
It was Misd FarreE's 'mother.
'And'" suddenly she understood.
"'Say, Madge, L don't know, what
your gamewas, but it was the dullest
evening I ever spent' complained
Mrs. Farrell as she got home, weary
and cross, atlu'clock,. "I fooled that
young fellow all right anybody
icould fool him.. He thought I was
'you all along. But what's the game?"
"O, just part -of the "week's work,
ma,' answered Tier daughter wearily.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
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