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"Not all of it, that is, at the start,"
dissented Helen. "It wouldn't be a
secret if I let it all out, would it? No,
you must be patient for a little while.
But the plot oh, you can help me
"A plot!" echoed Maud and Nellie
breathlessly in unison.
ies, ueciareu neieu, iuu are
W to do your share and help in unrav
eling a mystery."
"Gracious!" fluttered Maud.
"And exploiting a romance."
"Oh, how sweet!" palpitated Nellie,
with glowing eyes. "Oh, do tell us
all about it We are perishing -with
"I'll tell you this much as a pre
face," said Helen, "today a man saved
"O-ooh!" shivered Maud, "really?"
"Yes, he did."
"Young, handsome, a modern
knight errant!" breathed the senti
mental Nellie softly.
"No, not old, not unhandsome, but
serious faced, troubled eyed, oh, so
sad his story! Yes, an auto had jalW
but struck me when he dashed beside
me and lifted me out of the way just
in time. Oh, how frightened I was!
how grateful! and then, what do you
think he told me?"
"What? what?" eagerly demanded
"That he had been following me
purposely. And he told me why. And
because he was my preserver and be
cause we may bring his sorrowful
heart a new happiness", I ask you to
help me in doing one thing. That
done I will then tell you everything,"
"Why not now?" panted Nellie.
"Because I am bound to a secret."
"And what is the one thing we are
to do?" asked Maud.
"You are to tease, cajole, compel
Mrs. Edison to take us all to the Glad
stone motion picture show next Mon
"She won't go she never goes to
a place of amusement, you know,"
"She must go to this," declared I
Helen firmly. "Come, Nellie, ydu are,
the prime teaser of the family. Use
your powers in this case. It means,
so much!" and Helen clasped her,
pretty hands in ardent exaltation.
"You provoking thing keeping us
in the dark!" cried Nellie.
"You'll be glad when it all comes,
out," insisted Helen. "You'll be dou?.
bly glad you helped."
By Monday evening the sprightly
Nellie had persuaded Mrs. Edison to
chaperon them to the Gladstone the
ater. All three of the girls were in a
vast flutter, Maud and Nellie because
they felt they were on the verge of a
delightful precipice of excitement,
Helen athrill and anxious, hoping
that the outcome might bring about
a result she devoutly wished for.
The largely advertised feature of
the program, "The New Life," began
three reels. It had a strange be
ginning. A well dressed man who
suggested wealth and leisure was
seated in the office of a motion pic
ture producer. As this man's face
came into view Mrs. Edison gave a
great start and uttered a sharp gasp.
The visitor was offering the movie
man a large sum to produce a sce
nario he had prepared and to allow
him to act as the principal character.
Then the real film began. It de
picted the wedding of a young couple.
It showed the downward path of the
easy natured husband to the lowest
dregs of dissipation. It portrayed the
sufferings of the tortured wife, a sep
aration, an appeal of the weak hus
band for a last chance to reform, a
stern no, and, half fainting, Myra. Ed
ison sat astare, enthralled, knowing
that she had seen a chapter of her
life faithfully portrayed, detail after
detail. The chief actor was her lost
husband! The wife was a woman in
form and feature as closely resem
bling herself as it was possible to
Then followed the career of the
husband, lower dregs, a miraculous
reformation, hard, earnest work, a
lucky strike in a mine and he was in-