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ANY GIRL AS TOLD TO MARGARET
I took Dick's advice and told Pat
he might start my story, before I
knew that the doctor from Vienna
was coming so soon, and now I am
writing against time, for I want to
get this story ahead so thaf it will
keep while I am in the hospital. I
think it is a good thing that I have
it on my mind, for it takes my
thoughts away from myself.
Pat commenced the serial about a
week ago, so now instead of writing
each little story as I write it on your
pages, little book, I am going to paste
the parts as they come out on your
I am sure you will be as interested
in Paula's story as I was, for as she
said: "I don't think my life is much
different from that of any girl who
has to earn her living. Almost any
one of them could tell you a story
that in the main was like mine."
"The next day," continued Paula
in the next instalment, "I signed all
the papers giving up the house and
all that it contained except a few ar
ticles that belonged especially to me.'
This would certainly clear dear old
dad's name from some of the dis
grace. My tears fell thick and fast
on the paper as I signed and I whis
pered to myself: 'Dearest mother,
you see I am doing just as you wish
me to do.'
"Aunt Rachel got here just after
I had signed the papers and she was
perfectly furious. 'I always knew you
were a silly girl, but I never had an
idea that you could be as big a fool
as you have just shown yourself to
be. You have chosen your life
against my advice. You know my
house is very small and it will be im
possible for me to find more than
temporary room for you.'
" 'Can you tell me, Miss Paula,
about the packing?' asked my maid,
" 'Yes, you may put all my after
noon and evening frocks, all my
clothes of ceremony in one of the
"Aunt Rachel looked up quickly.
'If you are going to pack all your
evening dresses away you might give
that white embroidered tulle and the
green pussy willow taffeta to Georg
ette.' " Til sell them to you, Aunt Ra
chel,' I said quickly.
" 'You are a very ungrateful girl,
Paula,' said Aunt Rachel furiously.
'When you can make a grandstand
play like giving up this house to pay
your father's creditors you do it, but
you. are not above exacting the last
cent when you know you will get no
popular praise for being generous.'
' 'Let me try the frocks on,' inter
rupted Georgette, and Sarah went
and brought them in. They were cer
tainly prettier than any she had ever
purchased herself, and, of course,
Georgette was crazy tp have them.
"'What .do you want for them?'
" 'They cost $300 apiece,' I said,
'and I have never worn either of
them. I think I should get at least
" 'My goodness, Paula, you don't
mean that, do you?' exclaimed Aunt
" 'Listen, Aunt Rachel. Unless I
can sell some of my belongings I wiU
have only about $30 when I leave
this house a few days hence. I mean
after all the little personal bills are
paid. Georgette has given me an idea
and I think I will try to sell some of
my new dresses to some of my ac
quaintances. The money would give
me a start
" 'I can't pay you the, whole $300
today, Paula,' said Aunt RacheL 'I
have not so much money with me.'
" 'That's all right Just give me
a check' for it' Aunt Rachel looked
daggers at me, but she wrote me a
" 'Oh, mother, come here and see