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A FALLEN STAR
By Frances Elizabeth Lanyon
(Copyright, 1916, W. G.-Chapman.)
"He is dead to the world for a good
many hours to come."
"You must arouse him."
"Then his chances are rained!"
The scene was a private room in a
fashionable cafe, the speakers, a
physician and Enos Dacre, a theat
rical manager. " Before them at a
table, lying back with closed eyes in
his chair, was a handsome young
man. It was plainly to be seen that
he was overcome with liquor.
At the opposite side of the table
sat a threadbare, half-trampish look
ing old man. He was eating raven
ously, as though ending a long fast
The others paid little attention to
"Doctor," spoke Dacre, "this is a
critical juncture in the affairs of my
unfortunate friend. He has made a
great success in New York in the
title role of Julius Casear. He is
billed here to appear within an hour
before a select audience. He is to
be married within a week to a most
estimable young lady. To disap
point his audience here, to have the
truth come out, means his ruin."
"I am sorry," said the doctor, "but
all my science would npt enable me
to place your friend in a presentable
plight under three or four hours."
He took the fee offered and depart
ed. The anxious-faced Dacre paced
the floor in a transport of anxiety.
Finally he turned to the man who
had ceased eating and now sat back
with the complacency of a person
well fed and appreciating the fact.
"How did you come to be with Mr.
Fortescue?" he asked, in a half re
"Plainly, I saw him on the street
I knew him, but he didn't remember
me. I asked him for the price of a
meal. I needed it. He was half
peas over then. When he got here he
filled up worse and got just as you
For all the affected tone of care
lessness of the old man, he bore evi
dences of intellectuality and a cer
tain quiet dignity of manner. Dacre
eyed him keenly.
"You say .you have known Mr.
Fortescue before this?" he ques
"As a friend?"
"And as his instructor. He was
my dramatic pupil. I taught him
Lying Back With Closed Eyes
what he knows. That was business
and me paid me for it. Today, not
recognizing me, in his too open, generous-hearted
way, he was the only
one among the selfish throng to lend
an ear to the plea of an old man,
down and out, for food. That is sen
timent. I understood the situation,"
and the speaker waved his hand to
ward the helpless tragedian. Then
he arose to his full height, something
majestic appearing in his comport
ment "I thought he had gotten over
his weakness for drinluHe has brok
en loose at a critical moment.