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8L a passed the day at the
though in a dream. "When
time arrived she had still failed to
come to any conclusion. She loved
Tom. All her impulses were to go to
him. And yet
She -walked homeward, consider
ing. The sense of physical motion
was a relief to her distressed, spirit.
She had stayed at the store later than
the rest, to finish some stock sort
ing, and it was nearly nine in the
evening when she found herself near
her boarding house and traversing
the most brilliantly lighted portion of
the "white way." Men in evening
dress, escorting women in fashion
able attire, descended from taxis at
the theater doors. Everywhere was
an air of gayety. And she, hungry
as she was for a little bold upo;n life,
a little happiness and brightness in
the dull routine of her existence,
thought longingly of Tom".
"Why not?" she asked herself de
fiantly. And suddenly she saw, reflected in
a mirror at the entrance to one of the
flashier but less fashionable restau
rants, the facesof Dodsleigh,and lit
tle Maggie Pryce.
, The girl's face was flushed, there
was wine upon the.table, and Maggie
was leaning with both elbows on the
table and listening yto Dodslefgh's
A sudden thrill of terror passed
over Jean. She knew too well Dods
leigh's reputation. She knew that he
was not the man to have asked little
Maggie Pryce to accompany him. to
dinner for any good purpose. And,
anyway, it was shameful.
She felt as much responsible for the
girls' Welfare as if she i were in fact
their mother. She had always been
so scrupulous with them. And he was
giving Maggie wine!
She had investigated Maggie's
home affairs when first she came to
Cannon's. She had learned that she
lived with an old aunt who was too
feeble, to take more than a perfunc
tory interest in her, She had always
!Jbfi afraid for Maggie; she knew
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rooted on any- depth of principle. How
easy it would be for any man tofilfc
Maggie's weak head with nonsense.
Suddenly she walked straight teio
the restaurant and up to the littienta-,
ble at which they sat. She haftfly$L
knew that she was going there? some "j,
power seemed to have taken poBr-wfl.
sion, of her and to be leading'her
against her wilL s ij
She saw Maggie start vtolentlyoind j
Dodsleigh look up with an"mgly3JJ
sneer. "f jrfj
"Sit down, Miss Rae. The morethe ?
merrier, you know," he said wjth'a.
grin. -R S
"Maggie, I want you to come'iwlth,
me," said Jean. si d
"Jealous, eh, Miss Rae?" asked it
Dodsleigh. "Say! Some day I'll&take3
you out, if you're real nice to me, ,
maybe." i jL
"Maggie, do' you know that this
man has a wife and children?" asked 1
Jean. f it
Maggie was looking up at hen-tinvi-decidedly-
Her weak little wfflu-wasty,
easily overcome; just now sher was rfj
more in terror at having beendis-n
covered than at anything" else, h J
"Come, Maggie, dear," said Jaafi. ft.
She took the girl by the arnu Mag- .
gie began crying convulsively. ' a $j
"See here!" began Dodesleighl' fk
"111 see you tomorrow, Mr. Dods-
leigh," answered Jeaiu "MSggie,
dear!" d 4,
She led her through the restaurant ?r
among the staring faces. Dodfcftighif
followed them, and then, at tbs en- h
trance, seeing that he had fafled,
turned away with a curse. -ft
Jean called a taxicab and putfoftig- 'Tr
gie inside. She followed. "I'm going t
to take yo'u home -dear," sheiaid, f7
"And that man won't trouble1 'y6u j
again, after I've sgpken to MfcSQan-
non. l don't tninK ne'U snow upJatfS
the store any more." - - - te f
Maggie was crying 'when the ''cab.
reached her doot: "Oh, Miss Jean,"
she sobbed, "I know why you dicHhis