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think him, but, my dear, I wonder if
he would be as solicitous about your
fatigue if you were not about the
sweetest little girl I know."
"Margie, you are the dearest thing.
No other women ever told me I was
sweet I hope you are right. I won
der if Mr. Hatton is married."
"Oh, Mollie, Mollie, dear, you have
pointed the moral of Dick's ha
rangue. It's the old, old story since
'male and female created them.' "
WHICH IS THE
Just as Mollie and I had finished
the dishes the bell of our apartment
rang and Harry and Eliene were ush
I could not help but remark with
what alacrity and devoted attention
Harry helped Eliene off with her
"We got home this morning," said
Harry, "but I was afraid of the news
papers, so neglected to phone Dick,
and Eliene was like a French profes
sional beauty with a new string of
pearls over the children. She has
not been without -one or the other 04
the twins out of her arms all day."
I glanced over at Eliene, but her
face told nothing.
"Of course you want to know how
we worked the matter out," he con
tinued. "Oh, it was pitiful to see
that poor woman at the burial of her
boy," put in Eliene's soft voice.
"Yes, it was hard luck. I think
even you and Dick would have for
given her if you saw her."
"Oh, I forgave her long ago," said
"She was in mortal terror as to
what that gang would do to her, but
I had a confidential talk with the ma
yor of , who seems to be quite
a decent fellow, and I don't think
they will peep for some time.
"I sent back to the alderman all
the money he had advanced to her
and I intimated over the phone that
he had better lie low if he did not
want to have his head shaved and
wear a nice suit of stripes."
"What did you fix up for Mrs. Gor
don, Harry?" I asked.
"Well, as luck would have it," an
swered Eliene, "the woman who
makes my gowns in New York was ,
in town and I introduced her to Mrs.
Gorden and she hired her at once as
saleswoman and model. She started
for New 'York this morning and I
know she will do well, for I never
saw a woman wear clothes better."
"Perhaps ' she will marry one of
those self-made rich men who want
their wives to be walking advertise
ments of their prosperity," spoke up
"For heaven's sake, Mollie, are you
grown up to the extent that you can
jab us men like that?" said Harry
with a laugh. "Come over here and
turn around so that I can see you
I haven't seen you for nearly two
years, you know. By George! Dick,
you ought to be proud of her."
"Oh, Mollie is all right," answered
Dick, with a brother's indifference.
Eliene's eyes showed the first gleam
oi interest in anything that Harry
had said since he came home.
"She is still in love with him," I
thought, "or she would not care in
the least how much interest he dis
plays in any other woman."
"Do you know, Margie, I was sur
prised to find that Mrs. Gordon was
not only a good woman, but she
really did not realize how terrible
was the thing she tried to do," said
" 'I cannot understand Mrs. Wa
verly,' she said to me. 'She told me
that it would have been better for
me to have sold my body than to
have perjured my soul in the way I
"Did you say that?" asked both
Dick and Harry, in horrified tones.
"I certainly did," I answered.
, "But you didn'-mean it?" affirmed
"So much so that I would walk
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