THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
MOLLIE HAS GROWN UP
"Is it iKssible that mother allowed
Mollie tolcome to this place with
these strange "people?" asked Dick.
We were sitting in the restaurant
with his friend Jim after the play and
Dick' had just espied Mollie over in
one corner of the room dining with a
" very conspicuous man and woman."
. "Who is Mollie?" asked Jim.
' "My little sister," answered Dick.
"The kiddie I used to buy dolls
"The very same," confirmed Dick.
"There she is ovef there in the cor
ner." Jim crannied his head so that he
could see her and exclaimed: "You
don't mean that stunning girl over
there is little long-legged pig-tailed
Mollie Waverly? I'm going right over
to get her-T-she don't train in the
crowd she is with."
Dick looked relieved as though this
was a good way out of it, and after
Jim had starte'd across the room I
"Now don't make a scene with Mol
lie and 'we'll take her home with us."
By this time Jim had reached the
table and in response to Mollie's per
turbed look I bowed and smiled and
Evidently the child was glad to get
away and Jim gathered up her wraps,
bade good-bye to her escorts without
muph ceremony and brought her
back with him. '-
"Who are your friends, Mollie?"
asked Dick gruffly.
"They are Mr. and Mrs. Seutor,
who play in the stock company at
the theater near out house. She plays
the soubrette parts and he plays
leads. All the girls are crazy about
him and not one of them knows he
is married. The other day she lost
- her dog and I found him all dirty ahd
lame and washed him and took him
back to her. She was so happy over
it that she asked me to go to. the
theater with her and her husband .and
we came here for supper tonight.
They are not playing this week. ''My,
but I was surprised when I found out
that the Paul Revere who looked so
fine on the stage was Bill Seutor and
the husband of the women most of
us girls nad thought just a child."
ADid mother let you go with those
people?" asked Dick as Mollie stop-J
ped to get breath. Mollie blushed, but
she also resented Dick's asking her
such a question before Jim.
"They are very nice people, Dick,"
she said, ignoring the question. "All
the while I have been over there they
have been telling me about their little
child who died."
"It's a pity she don't take her,
'make-up' off when she leaves the
theater," remarked Jim softly, and
then meeting Mollie's reproaching
Byes he said apologetically: "Well, of
course, I know, my" dear child, a wo
man can bfe a perfectly virtuous wife
and a devoted mother and still cover
her face with paint until she shames
Solomon in all his glory. You see I
have just come from Alaska where
the squaw that uses the most paint
is called the prettiest of the tribe. "
I could see that Dick was still try
ing to reconcile himself to the fact
of Mollie being grown up something
that Jim recognized immediately.
He had dropped all his big brother
airs and had already begun to flirt
with Mollie, something that pleased
Jim. Edie is about forty years old,
but it never enters his mind that he
is too old fora,girl of nineteen.
Truly a man is as old as he feels
and looking about the room as we got
ready to go, I thought if that and the
other old saying, "A woman is as old
as she looks," are true, then both
men and women age very rapidly'
when over-eating and Over-drinking.
(Tq Be Continued Tomorrov)
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