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THE HEART OF AN ACTRESS
By H. M. Egbert
(Copyright, 1916, W. G. Chapman.)
"I want you to be my wife, Rae,
pleaded Lester Donald as they sat
side by side in the cabaret
Rae Mabie tapped her little shoe
against the floor in agitation, but she
did not answer him immediately.
"Rae, you know how much I care
for you," pleaded Lester. "It isn't as
if we hadn't know each other for
months. Why can't you say yes?
You admit that you love me. What
is there that is to come between us?"
"Five or six million dollars, Les
ter," answered Rae, lifting her eyes
to the young man's. And your moth
er and father. And all the wealthy
relatives you have. And your fash
ionable friends. And my position as
a chorus girl. What do you suppose
your people would say to a chorus
"But when they see you, Rae, they
will think the same that I do," an
swered Lester. "I know how good
you are and that you joined the cho
rus to support your mother, because
you had the opportunity. It isn't the
job that degrades the woman, it's
the' woman who makes the position
what it is."
Rae flushed at the young man's ar
dor. She was very fond of Lester;
had loved him for six months, in fact
And she was the prettiest member
of the sextet and undeniably straight
as a die.
"There's something else, Lester,"
she answered. "You know, I'm
well, common. I don't always speak
grammatically. You know that's
pretty bad. How would you like
your folks to hear me say 'you was'?
Not that I don't know better, but
that's the way I was bred and it nat
urally slips out sometimes."
"Dearest Rae," said Lester, taking
her hand, "my love is strong enough
to overcome all those difficulties, Be
come my wife as first step, and after
that well, I guess you'll be able to
have all the grammar lessons you
The girl hesitated and the fight
was won. She loved Lester and at
24 love seems the most precious
thing in the world. Before they part-
"When I told Him Who I Was Ha
Turned Perfectly Yellow."
ed at her door that evening she had
promised to marry him.
Even in the intoxication of his hap
piness the young man felt the diffi
culty of making a - satisfactory ex
planation to his parents.
Six months later Rae passed out of
Lester's life. In the brief letter that
she left for him she told him that she