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"Never lunch with your employer."
"Wean tailor-made dresses of a
plain cut and severe color in office
"A girl accepts only hooks, flowers
and candy, and then only from inti
mate friends of her mother's."
Meanwhile John Forsythe lan
guished in unrequited love; and in
Miss Priscilla's breast there smoul
dered the eternal fire born of propin
quity to an engaging young man.
But how to pierce that icy armor
which covered the embers was For
"If I could win your mother's confi
dence, would you go out to lunch
with me?" asked the young man one
"Yes," said Miss Priscilla.
"You don't distrust me, then?"
"No," she admitted. "But I always
obey my mother."
"Hum!" said John Forsythe.
It must have been three weeks lat
er that the girl came in toward mid
day. She apologized as she hung up
"The pipes in our house froze last
night," she said, "and you know the
plumbers are all on strike. We've had"
an awful time. Poor mamma has had
to stand by with a pail to catch the
water from the leak."
"Have you got a plumber?" asked
"No. The water will have to be
shutfoff from the main," said the girl.
"I'm sorry, Miss Howe," he answer
ed. "However, I guess it will be all
right. I have an appointment this
afternoon, and may not be back, so
please take charge while I am away."
Miss Priscilla waited in the office
impatiently. For once in her life she
was watching the clock. If the water
were not shut off at the main why,
poor mother would be standing under
that leaky old'pipe all day. At five
o'clock, since Mr. Forsythe had not
returned, she put on her hat and hur
When she entered the little flat an
amazing sight was seen! Upon the
lounger sat Mrs. Howe; under the
leaking pipe, philosophically watch
ing the water drip into the pail, sat
John Forsythe. As the pail filled he
thrust another one under the leak
and hurried the full pail into the bath
tub. "Mother!" exclaimed the girl, petri
fied with amazement.
"My dear," faltered her mother,
"this young man kindly offered to
help me. Such a respectable-looking
young man, and he speaks so nicely.
He wanted work and said you had
recommended him and he cam,e in
the nick of time!"
John Forsythe emerged from the
bathroom, carrying the empty paiL
"It's running more slowly now," he
said, looking at the leak. "Confound
those authorities, whoever they are!
Why can't they turn it off? Ah!"
The authorities had evidently
awakened, for the trickle of water
gradually thinned until it ceased, and
John Forsythe looked up triumphant
ly from his pail. x
"Here is a dollar for you, my good
man," said Mrs. Howe, producing a
bill from her reticule. "And you have
certainly earned it. I am Very much
"Thank you, madam," said John,
putting on his coat. He opened the
door quickly, but he lingered long
enough in the hall for Miss Priscilla
to catch up with him.
"How dared you!" she began, but
then, seeing the look in his eyes, re
lented. "You'll take lunch with me now,"
he said convincingly. "Won't you
"Yes," answered Priscilla. And, as
the door closed", she added, "dear" '
under her breath.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
Girl children are more than twice
as popular as boys, at least among
the people who adopt youngsters and ,
therefore have a say in the matter,
according to the New York State
, Charities Aid Association.