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the girl on the other side. "Did your
mother see him?"
"Certainly. I never go anywhere
with a new acquaintance without
mother first meeting him."
"Gee! I do!" laughed the girl.
"Mother don't care."
a weii, in care u sne cuan c, ,saia
The girl stared uncomprehending
ly. June Harris had been trained in
Another social school. She had nev
er known anything but moderate cir
cumstances, but refinement and
gqod breeding had been her birth
right Still she was young, and theJ
taste 01 gay me 01 tne nignt Detore
was a delight which she lived over,
again all day, and longed to have
again. " "
Much as -she cared for Hedstrom,
it was nevertheless true that Jjis
stock Jiad gone considerably below
par iiTcomparison with the dashing
and liberal escort who had given her
such a delightful evening.
Bert wasjiot long in noticing the
attentions of the floorwalker; but he
did not mean to give up the girl he
had begun-to love till he was sure his
"case was hopeless. He called to see
June and was entertained with glow
ing accounts of, the play ,to which she
had been taken by his rival. June
seemed to make 'a point of letting
i him see her preference for the other
man, and Bert being sensitive as well
as very modest, concluded his visits
were not desired,
'Gartner continued to invite June
' to various places of .amusenfent; and
June, simply aware that she was
having some very good times, and
enjoying them 'immensely, acceptedj
mgk ms auenuons, not tmnKing wnere it
One day as she took something
. from Annie, the little parcel girl, she
noticed her sad face and tear-wet
eyes. " ,
"Why, -Annie! What is it?" she
, "Mother' Bobbed the child, "they
tfidn't know this morning whether
-she'd last out the day, an' I daresent
stay home 'cause I'd lose my Job 'anl
I ast Mr. Gardner if if I couldn't
leave 9ft at 5, an' an' " Here the
words broke off ina sob.
"And wouldn't he let you?" quick
ly asked June.
"No. He said he was tired of
hearing about sick mothers. I said
I was) telling him the truth, an' he
'could 'phone the doctor. Then he
said he hadn't any time for doin' de
tective work, an' if I wanted to be
docked half a day I could go. I told
him I had to have the money to buy
medicine an' things for mother.
Then he got awful mad an' said if I
didn't want to be fined I'd better stop
"I'll speak to him," said June.
"No, no, please! I'd get fired then
sure if he thought I told you. He's
just awful when h'e gets started. He
Lwould find some way of docking or
finin' me-hke he did last week when
'that-ten cents stuck in the slot an'
I didn'.see it"
. Filled with sympathy for the child
June went home with her that even
ing to see what she could dOs
"That's my house," and she point
ed to one of a row of cheap flats in
a noisy street
"Why, isn't that Mr. Hedstrom go
ing in?" exclaimed June. "He doesn't
live there, does he?"
"Oh, no. I s'pose he's comin' to
j-see mother.- Say, if it hadn't b'een
fer him I don't know what we'd done.
He paid this month's rent, an' said
we wasn't to worry about the "doc
torbfll, an' he's always bringing in
nice thingSfer mother. I never sup
posed any one could" be so good
whatwasn't any relation or nottdn'."
"So you have "known Mr. Hed
strom a good .while?"
"Oh no, he just was sorry, same's
you are. 'Bout three weeks ago,
when mother first got sick, I was
some scared, an' I was cryin' an'
somehow I run against him as I was
comin' out of the store, an' he
stopped me an' wanted to&nqw what