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TENDER AND TRUE
By Victor Radcliffe
A girl stood looking out of an of
fice window of the reat implement
pjant at Acton. The busy scene in
the spreading yards of the vast hive
of industry seemed to fix her atten
tion, but this was only in semblance.
Hester Gray was thinking thinking
Hers was a beauty so faultless that
she did not appeal to Mandell Wade,
senior partner of the great firm that
owned the works, like the conven
tional type of young womanhood.
"She belongs to the world of pedes
tals of catalogues," was the thought
that flashed through his mind as his
eyes first fell upon her. "I regret
that we cannot find a place for you,
Miss Gray," he spoke aloud. "We are
about to remove our office headquar
ters to Chicago and a new manager
will engage the force at that point."
Hester turned to go. She had ap
plied for a position in the drafting
department of the great plant It had
been a decided "come-down" for her,
for she had for two years enjoyed
some celebrity and a fair income from
a book publishing house remodeling
ancient illustrations. She could copy
or amplify in this field capably, but
had not received any real artistic ed
ucation. The publishing house had
failed. She had come to Acton to
rest, her little stock of money had run
low, and rather liking the rural en
vironment of the place, she had hoped
to secure employment She had been
in a bitter mood when she applied for
the employment. She was sorely dis
"One moment, if you please,", said
Mr. Wade, and she halted. "As I en
tered the room my eye was struck
by your pose at that window. If you
will repeat the same and allow me to
call our photographer I will give you
a check for $100, the company to
have the right to use the picture in
"How dare you!" exclaimed Misa
Gray, flushing crimson. "You ask
me to commercialize my identity on a
par with a face bleach testimonial or
a footlight favorite!"
"You mistake me," Mr. Wade has
tened to say. "Your face has strength
and character. As I saw you at the
window there its calm and power
seemed typical of our business here.
The artist will amplify not your per
sonality, but the featural type only."
He was respectful, but businesslike.
A hundred dollars meant a great deal
Hester Gray was Thinking Think
to Hester. She agreed and posed for
the photographer. Hester was hand
ed a check for the money promised.
"If you should locate in Chicago,"
said Mr. Wade, "advise me, and he
handed her his card. "I shall re
member your name and I will advise
our manager there favorably regard
"Thank you," said Hester, and se
cretly felt grateful toward him.
She experienced a sense of humjl-