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Mollie as soon as Aunt Mary's bed
room door closed, "don't you think
you have kicked up about enough of
"I don't know what you mean,
Dick," answered Mollie stiffly.
"You are the only woman in the
1 Waverly family whose name has fig
ured notoriously in the newspapers.
"No, we have usually left unpleas
ant notoriety to the male members,"
was Mollie's calm rejoinder.
This seemed to have angered Dick
almost beyond his self-control.
"Look here, Mollie, I want you to
give up this newspaper writing to
morrow and stay out of any business
where you will come in contact with
men, except in a social way. You were
not made for business. I don't want
the women of my family talked about
and I won't have it"
"Pardon me, dear brother," Mol
lie's tones were like ice, "I may as
well tell you that I shall do noth
ing of the kind. In the first place, 1
don't want to; in the second, you
know as well as I do that mother
spends every cent she gets from the
book shop and from the rent of the
house to Mr. Hatton. I have to live
well. You nor Jack can take care of
of me financially as well as I can
take care of myself. Since I began
writing the paragraphs I have been
geting $25 a week for them and $15
as Mr. Hatton's secretary. Now that
he is gone, Mr. Sullivan says I may
do theatrical and other interviews to
make up. Can you give me $40 a week
out of your salary?
"And I want you to know some
1 thing, Dick, that Margie knows but I
am sure she would never tell you. I
am the cause of Chadwick Hatton
leaving town. I offered to go with
him, but he would not let me make
the sacrifice. I am very unhappy and
I must work or go mad."
"You my sister offered to elope
with Hatton when you knew he had
a wife?" blustered Dick.
"You must remember that I fell in
love with him before I knew it."
"Well, he knew it and should have
"Do you always protect women? If
so, why have I seen you lately lunch
ing and dining with that little, red
headed stenographer of yours?"
Evidently Dick tried to protest, for
Mollie went on: "Oh, I know you are
not in the least in love with her. I
know you love Margie, but just now
you are inexpressibly bored by the
fact that Margie is not up to her
usual standard of beauty and grace.
You can't be proud of her when you
take her out and you are not con
tented to stay at home with her. Con
sequently, you, like all other men,
take your own where you find it."
"Look here, Mollie, I don't mind
telling you I do get somewhat bored
talking about that wonderful baby
that is coming. Why can't Margie be
content to wait until it comes before
she gets so enthusiastic. She doesn't
pay much attention to me any more.
Why she never wrote me a letter
while I was gone."
Mollie laughed scornfully. "You
are a nice one to say that when you
never wrote a letter to her in your
life. I know it almost broke her lov
ing heart not to write to you but she
determined not to do so when you did
not write to her."
"But I was busy."
"You make me very tired, Dick.
You know as well as I that a man
is never too tired to do anything for
the woman with whom he is in love
and of whom he is not quite sure. I
don't know if all marriages are like
those that I have seen among my
friends and relatives but if they are
I am not sure but I would not like to
have tried the elopement"
"Mollie, I never thought a sister of
mine could be so coarse."
"Don't be silly, Dick. I'm only un
happy and can't spend time to think
of you and your feelings. I've noticed
that men are very apt to call a wom
an coarse when she tells them a few
wholesome if unpalatable truths'
(To Be Continued Tomorrow.)
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