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THE "SOUL SHOP" '
By Mildred Caroline Goodndge.
"Paul Barnes is sp ethereal that
is his charm," lispeeLMiss Minerva Ir
win, apropos of the man she expected
Her close friend, Ada' Warner,
looked impressed. Not so, blunt,
He Became a Drone and Acted Bored.
plain-spoken Jerome Haight, her
fiance. He was a great, honest bear
of a fellow. Haight had been obliged
to -work his own way in the world.
Practical common-sense wss his
basis. He had little patience with the
constant aesthetic pose of Miss Irwin;
and was glad when she was gone.
"She is so cultured, so refined, isn't
slie, now, Jerome?" spoke Ada, with
a rather longing and-mildly envious
sigh as the visitor departed.
"Is that what you call it?" asKea
Jerome with a smile. "Why, her
'high attainments,' as she lisps them,
don't appeal much to me. I don't see
much else but the ardor of a faddist
in her new affiliation."
"Oh, Jerome! Remember she is my
"And you are worth ten of her,"
insisted Jerome convincedlys ''Don't
let her spoil you, dear. "Ever since I
heard of her she's been running after
this and that new cult Now she is
devoted to what do you call it?
that 'soul shop.' '"
"You shock me!", protested Ada.
"There is a select little group in the
city who have organized a new spirit
ual congress. They meet, discuss the
higher ethereality, and really some of
their literature is inspiring."
"But for what end?" challenged
the critical Jerome. "Where lies the
Utility? Do they raise the helpless,
feed the poor? Ah, no. They com
prise a mutual admiration society. I
will admit the lady devotees look
filmy and delicate in their affected
oriental costumes. I acknowledge
that they've got poor Barnes so re
fined down that he manicures his fin
ger nails four times a day. That wavy
blond mustache of his is a dream.
The new flowing cut to his overcoat
suggests a French exquisite of the
French monarchy. He dawdles his
time away, though, and he isn't much
of a man.
Ada was quite incensed and pouty
at all this, but her emotions subsided
as her fiance parted from her in Tiis
heartsome, honest way. Certainly he
was a lover tpbe prsud of! There
was no pretense about Jerome
Haight He had experienced hard
knocks in his young" career, and they
had made him practical, a rising, de
pendable man of business. There was'
not his superior in athletics in the vil
lage, he was straight as an arrow,
strong as a lion. .He was-truthful,
Miss Irwin was indeed spoilingvAdat