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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
PAULA, CONTINUING HER STORY, DECLINES TO JOIN FAST LIFE
I saw for the first time since I have
heen sick an installment of my Paula
story in Pat's newspaper "today. I
also have had a letter from Paula
herself, saying that she is delighted
with the tale so far as it has been,
"Recently at a church in my home
city," Paula told me, "the whole
Sunday morning was given up by a
Bible class to the discussion of a
working girl's life."
Alice has cut out of the Daily
all the installments of the story and
beginning with the one I read this
morning I am going to paste them
between your covers, little book, for
they, too, are a part of mjjj life to
come. Here goes for the exciting
episode of Paula as hat checker at
the College Inn.
"I will confess to you, Margie,"
said Paula, "that I was not very hap
py as I looked from my lonely posi
tion at. the hat shelves down the
steps into the dining room where sat
the merry party, evidently enter
tained by Horace Chambers.
"I was certain Horace would have
preferred me sitting beside him
rather than the supercilious girl that
was acting so grumpy. Once I caught
his eye and smiled and he grinned
back at me. Alas, that interchange
of good fellowship -was intercepted
by the young woman with the frozen
"Evidently she said something
pretty drastic, as he colored a deep
red. I could have hugged him for not
giving me away, for I had a morbid
dread some one would find out my
real name and connect me with the
recent tragedy in my family.
"After a time I schooled myself
not to hear the merry chatter and
frequent laughter that floated up to
me from that table. I became so
engrossed in my thoughts that I did
not see the man who was standing
before me until I heard an oily voice
" 'So you have given up the stage,
"I looked up to see the manager
I had called upon a few days before.
"I looked at him in surprise as
though I had never seen him before.
" 'Fine, fine," he exclaimed, 'but
what is the use of pulling it on me?
Save it for your first entrance. In
the meantime, dearie, what are you
doing here? Don't you know that
you know that you belong down
there at a table looking over a glass
of sparkles with me?'
"Still I said nothing. I just held
out his check.
" 'What's the use of being so high
and mighty, girlie? Right before
your eyes, if you will open them wide
enough to see, it is "eventually, why
not now?" '
"I turned sick, Margie, and must
have lost color, for that awful man
said, 'Oh, cut it out and come and
eat A glass or two of bubbles will
put the color in your cheeks and the
fire in your eyes.
" 'No?' he said, as I still looked at
him stonily. 'Well, keep me in mind
when you read that flour advertise
ment, my beauty.'
"I think I would have fainted if
Emma had not come up just then
" 'Don't mind the pigs. Play the
game and pocket your end with a
laugh at the world and the devil, for
that is the way you will beat them
in the end.' "
(To Be Continued.)
Betts In Persia if a man says to
his wife, "I divorce you" three times,
he is divorced from her.
Getts Well, that wouldn't be so
bad if he could say it over the tele