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A FORTY-DOLLAR HUSBAND
By H. M. Egbert
I am not a "movie fan," but my
work necessitates myseeing many of
the picture plays that are shown at
the Orpheum theater. It would not
interest you if I were to explain what
my work it To be very brief, my
company is engaged in an enterprise
'for the purpose of clearing up the
breaks and spots in the films. How
ever, I have been attending the Or
pheum two or three times a week
when I began to be aware of the man
who always occupied the behch half
way along the theater on the left
Apparently the recognition was
mutual, for one evening during an
interlude he entered into conversa
tion with me. ,
"A lover of the films, I see," he
began with a half sneer.
I did not feel inclined to enlighten
him as to my business. "Like your
self, I suggested.
"I hate them, sir," he answered.
"Did it ever occur to you what a lot
" of life one learns from watching
"Life of a kind," I answered. "But
surely they do not represent life as
"Of course they dont," he retorted.
These plays are written for the
crowd that loves sensationalism. No,
sir, what I mean is, reading between
the lines of the plays. Reading the
lips of the characters, sir."
I suppose he took me for a very in
nocent person, for he plunged at once
"I am a home-loving man," he said.
"I make $40 a week. I suppose I
shall always make $40 a week, nei
ther more nor less, until I grow old,
by which time, if I am good for a few
more years, I expect to be able to re
tire on some very modest savings.
Well, sir, a $40 man you know him.
I'm the type look at me! Decent
clothes, '.but a little faded. Clean
linen, a sober necktie, and yet the
unmistakable $40 stamp of the soul
I was at a loss for words.
He fitted the type so perfectly that
"Well, then, you know the sort of
wife a $40 man requires. A quiet,
home-loving body, a good cook, fond
of a little harmless relaxation, a girl
in to help on Saturdays, no washing
to do, but handy with the broom. You
understand! Well, suppose the wife
"You Saw Her?"
of a $40 man took a fancy to go on
the stage what would you do?"
"I'll tell you what I would do," I
answered. "I should try to gratify
her wish. I'd let her taste stage life
to the full. It would make her or
break her. Excuse my frankness,
but it's no use trying to bottle up
those longings. It doesn t work.
He nodded: "Tha's what I did,"
said. "I thoueht she had no tales
that she would get tired when