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.. THE TALKING DOLL
By Robert Duane Latimer.
"Still a confirmed bachelor, Ros
lyn?" "Lonely and hopeless as ever, I
should say!" replied Roslyn Ware
with a submissive smile.
'.'Wish you would follow my exam
ple," declared Hal Vance exuberant
ly. "Been married ten years, ideal
It's the Latest Thing in Dolls."
home, lovely wife and say, Roslyn,
we've got a little girl at our house
who would just charm you. See here,
sha"ke off the dust of ages and come
down and liven up with real heart and
The result was Roslyn promised to
put in a week at Rest Haven ten
days later. On the afternoon of a
ninth day he left his office with "the
girl" of his old friend, Hal, in his
"I suppose the graceful thing to do,
is to iake her some kind of a pres
ent,'" ruminated Roslyn. "Let me
see Hal has been married about tea
years. This little daughter of his,
I should judge, must be about eight
years of age. Now, what would be
an appropriate gift?"
That was really a puzzling enigma
for Roslyn. He was twenty-eight, but
knew httle of feminity. His training
had been all business and to a de
gree he had grown prim and precise.
He was shy, so much so that when he
went into a department store and ap
proached the handsome brunette in
charge of a toy counter, he hemmed
and hawed in a decided fluster.
The young lady smiled encourag
ingly, for Roslyn was a well-groomed,
handsome man, although he had
never stopped to think of it. He
stated the object of his call in gen
"Child, girl about how old, now?"
propounded the pretty saleswoman.
"Oh, I should think about eight."
"I have the very thing for you," in
sisted the vivacious miss. "It's the
latest thing in dolls."
Roslyn had seen dolls before, but
never one like this. Face and dress
were radiant and fairy-like. Its eyes
opened and closed and its hands
"Let me show you," proceeded the
clever young woman, and she wound
up some phonograph mechanism
skillfully concealed within the body
of the doll. A lisping baby-like voice
recited audibly and charmingly,
"Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."
"And again," added the saleswo
man, and the doll sung, "Cherries Are
Ripe." "Four other records go with
the outfit," continued the young lady.
"As you see, the lips move and at a
little distance it is quite a pheno
menon." "It is, indeed," agreed Roslyn.
"Eighteen dollars and one-half."
"I'll take it," said Roslyn promptly.
He was very much satisfied with
his progress. It was dusk when he
arrived at the town on the outskirts
of which was located! the Vance places