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3-HE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
MOLLIE HAS GROWN UP
"Is it possible that .mother allowed
Mollie to tome to this place with
these strange people?" aked Diak.
We were sitting in tne 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 Dickt
"There sjie is over 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 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 started across rthe fopm I
"Now don't make a scene with Mol
lie and well take her home with us."
By this time Jim had peached the
table arid in response toMollie's per
turbed look I bowed and smiled and
Evidently the child 'vfSLs glad to get
away and Jinvgathered up her wraps,
bade good-tfye,io3ier escojtecwithout
much ceremcjy and (brwight her
back wifefchbn? S -.' A
"Who are Ipur friend,' Mollie?"
asked Dick gramSy '
"They are?rMr. and MiSc Seutor,
who play in the stock company at
the theater nesioyt house. She plays
the soubrettc parts and he plays
leads. All the girls are crazy about
tiim and notjraef'them knows he
te marrjed The other day she lost
her dog arid I found him all'dirty and
I 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 playmg this week. My,
but I was surprised when I found out
that the Paul Bevere who looked so
fine on the stage was Sill Seutor and
the husband of the women most of
us girls had thought just a child."
"Did mother let you go with those
people?" asked Dick as Mollie stop
ped to get breath. Mollie blushed? But
she also resented Dick's asking her
such a question oerore 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
"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
eyes be said apologetically: "Welt of
course, I know, my dear cbikt, a -woman
can be a perfectly virtuous-"wife
and a devoted mother and still cover
her fac6 with paint until she shames
Salomon in all his glory. You see I
have jiist 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 tor flirt
with Mollie. something that pleased
Jim Edie is about forty years old,
but it never entgrs hte mind that he
is too old fornPafrrjniineteen.
Truly a mari. Is as c!d as he feels J
and looking abut the room as w get
ready to go, I thought If that and tftft
other old saying, ,JA woman is as old
as she looks," tare true, then both
men and womea age very rapidly1
lame and washed him and took him I wheiisQver-eatingand ovsr-drinkiBgi
Mck to her. one was so nappy over I (To Be continued i omorrow.)