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ANY GIRL AS TOLD TO MARGARET
"I hurried downstairs and found
the gentleman in the library. Margie,
I wonder if you remember him? He
was that very rich man whom- all we
girls regarded with awe, because we
heard such mysterious stories about
him. He was always to be seen with
some chorus girl qr frisky married
woman. Even my gentle mother had
almost. forbidden him our house, al
though he and father were quite in
timate and had many business deals.
" 'My dear child, he explained.
"My dear child, I am so sorry for you.'
And as I came forward he literally
took me in his arms and kissed me
on the mouth.
"I drew back in disgust 'I can't
see why you should be so demon
strative about it, Mr. Montgomery,'
" 'Why, my dear Paula, I was per
haps the oldest and best friend your
"'Not my father's best friend,' I
remarked, 'perhaps his oldest'
"That seemed to get under his skin
for' he said: 'See here, young lady, I
came here today full of love and pity
for you. I had made up my mind to
marry you. I am getting toa time in
life where I must settle down. The
scandal about your father will soon
be forgotten and I think you will
make me a wife to be proud of.'
"He looked me from head to foot
with the appraising glance of a man
buying a horse. And again he came
toward me withoustretched arms.
"It seemed to me, Margie, at that
moment, that if that man touched
me I would try to kill him, but I held
my temper as long as possible, and,
although my voice trembled a little,
I managed to say: I am quite sensi
ble of the honor you are doing me,
Mr. Montgomery, but I have a feeling
that selling oneself for a million or
two, even with the approval of the
church and state, is no better than
gelling oneself for less money be-
cause one is hungry.'
"The man started to speak, but I
wouldn't let him. 'I am not at the
end of my resources yet, Mr. Mont
gomery,' I said. 'In fact, I do not
know yet just what they are, for I
have not taken iaventory.'
" 'That's, it, young woman,' sput
tered the unspeakably angry man
'You don't know what you are com
ing to. You cannot see what is be
fore you. As I see it, the only thing
that will keep you from destruction
is for you to marry and make some
man take care of you.' He came
nearer. 'Paula, I am not such a bad
fellow as you think. Many men
might treat you worse than I will. I
want you, child; have wanted you
ever since you came from Europe
three years ago and I found that ydu
had grown-oip. Come, be sensible. I
will settle half a million on you as a
"I had almost a feeling of nausea
as the man came nearer and brought
his swollen face with its wine-dyed
skin and its bulbous nose and its lit
tle rat eyes near to me.
" 'I have to try it all out, Mr. Mont
gomery,' I said. 'I've got to prove
which one of us is right
" 'Then let me stake you until you
get started," he said eagerly taking
out his check book.
" 'Please, please don't!' I ex
claimed. "Margie, I have often wondered if
I had known just what I was to go
through with the next few years I
would have had the courage to re
fuse him that day? R is certainly a
good thing that we can't look ahead.
"There have been times since I had
spurned that old rogue's offer that I
almost wished I had taken him. At
least it meant the easiest way."
(To Be Continued.)
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