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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 17, 1916, NOON EDITION, Image 18

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DEAD FIRES
By John P. Leavitt
When Lizzie Broughton refused
Dan Lewis becauseshe wanfled a ca
reer upon the stage and-duly left her
father's house in North End for New
York, Dan moped, for a while. Then
he took off his overalls and laid down
the plow and announced that he, too,
was going to New York not to seek
Lizzie, who had duped him, but to
carve out a career likewise.
His appearance was made at spas
modic intervals, and he always came
home in a new suit and seemed par
ticularly flush with his money. But
on none of these occasions did he
hear anything of Lizzie.
It was not until the summer of
1915, five years after her disappear
ance, that Lizzie returned. Her fa
ther was dead, and her mother, who
had been notified by wire, prepared to
welcome the prodigal daughter.
Behold Miss Broughtoh in the most
stylish of gowns that staggered Main
street, seated under a tree upon the
lawn and entertaining her girlhood
friends with stories of her success on
the stage!
It happened that Dan came home
at the same time.and, calling on Mrs.
Broughton, met his old sweetheart.
The guests laughingly made a ring
around them and the two, after an
uncomfortable moment, shook hands.
In that moment all resentment died
out of Dan's heart, and he deter
mined to make more of himself so
that he could some day hope to win
her again.
Dan's story was known to every
one. He had secured a place in the
Phoenix Insurance company, and
now, at 29, was" already assistant
manager, drawing some $3,000. It
had been a meteoric rise. Dan's re
r." was a day of pride to North End.
Bd. iat Miss Broughton was draw
ing $500 v ?ekly staggered everybody
and Dan net least Dan had gone to
a good many theaters in New York
and he had never heard of Miss
Broughton.
"I'm sure I congratulate you," he
said to her, and any touch of doubt
was swept away by the frankness of
her smile.
"Thank you," answered the girl.
"And my congratulations to you
also."
They had both planned to leave by
an early train the following morn-
"When I'm Tired of Success," She
Answered.
ing. Dan had perforce the task of
seeing Miss Broughton aboard. When
the train had started and North End
was only a memory, the girl turned
to him and said:
"I suppose you knew I was ont tell
ing the truth about myself?"
Dan was startled. "I own I did sus
pect," he admitted. "But afterward
I had implicit faith in you. You are
not makiug $o00'"

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