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they could raise $70o they saw their
way clear. Seven hundred' They
might as well have criedTfor seventy
Then Cynthia had done a daring
tljing. She had seen an advertise
ment for a young woman of courage
to play a small part in the- circus.
Cynthia thought it was with the
lions. She had. gone and had found
herself one of 500 applicants. There
were tall girls and short girls, stout
By Harold Carter
"Tomorrow!" said Cynthia softly.
Charley -Askew swung around in
his chair and faced his wife decisively.
"Cynthia, dear, I don't want you'
to do it," he said.
"Not once more, dearest? For the
last time before we are free?"
"Oh, Cynthia," he cried, "if you
knew what it means to me. I sit here
every night like a timid woman until
the time comes to go round to the
circus entrance for you. Even one
night more will drive me mad, Cyn
thia." "But you must bear up one night
more for both our sakes, dearest," his
young wife answered.
Three weeks before Charles As
kew, a voune clerk in a broker's of-
rfibe, saw no future before him. On.
twenty dollars a week, which might
perhaps rise to forty by tne tune ne
was a middle-aged man, he was try
ing to support Cynthia, whom he had
married six months before. They
boarded and how they hated the
boarding house! How they longed
for that home which always eluded
them, phantomlike, even with the
possibility of installment furniture,
simply because it was impossible to
get the bare monthly rent ahead.
They had married for love, and love
was all except the twenty dollars a
week that they had to live on.
However, they forgot their trou
bles in their mutual love until Cyn
thia developed signs of lung trouble.
It was not as yet serious it would
never become serious, and would
probably become perfectly well if
he could take his wife west. But
that was totally out of the qeustion.
They had dreamed all their lives of
a little farm. Both were city bred;
both longed for the country life as
one in which they could find their
highest idea come true. And if only
"My Wife!" Gasped Charley.
and thin girls, spruce girls and slat
ternly ones but she she was the
one picked by the manager.
Indeed there was nothing -strange
about that, for she had that air and
breeding that were a sine qua non
for the task. But Cynthia thought it
was a miracle.
She was to be strapped into an au
tomobile which looped the loop
every night. And for the five min
utes which the whole duty required