The charity benefit brought Eliza
beth out In j new light. She did fair
ly well in her small role, and Injudi
cious friends exaggerated her suc
cess. Her mind was made up to go
on the stage and the mild opposition
of her plirents was soon overcome.
Fernleigh had one theater and was
a town of one-night stands. Soon
after the benefit, as Elizabeth was
walking down the main street with
her chum, Elsie Burns, the latter
suddenly halted before a well
groomed man of about 30.
"Basil Winter!" she exclaimed.
And the two were soon in an animate
"Why you were just a kiddie when
I left town. How did you know me?"
"Oh, your picture is out in front of
the theater and you haven't
changed so much."
"Come and see me tonight. Bring
your mother, and," "looking at Eliza
bear, "your friend."
x He hastily wrote out three passes
to the play and invited the two girls
into a nearby restaurant for ice
cream. His dashing ways and bright,
interesting talk took Elizabeth
by storm. She had never in her life
met such a man. She was fascinated
and went home with her head in a
whirl. He had asked them to be sure
to wait for him after the perform
ance, at the stage door. Elizabeth
in a fever of excitement dressed in
the best of her limited wardrobe and
scarcely finished her dinner in her
haste to go.
Basil Winter, in the role of the un
happy, but noble, - self-sacrificing
hero, looked much handsomer than
on the street , He was a really good
actor, and the conquest of Eliza
beth's poor little heart was complete.
After the play Winter took the party
to supper and Elizabeth made known
her dramatic asp'irations.
"Why, I -think Miss Barrett is leav
ing us in about a week," he said. "1
is only a bit, but if you'd like "to try
4t would you?"
Would she? Why the prospec of
being where she could see him every
day. seemed heaven to her. Sh
eagerly acquiesced to his proposition,
and the following day it was ar
ranged that she should join the com
pany. It was when she had made,
known her decision to Earle "Terry
that he 'had tried to dissaude he
from going. l
Elsie, quite elated over getting hen
friend started on her career as a rea
actress, was helping her to get ready.
The question which had been burn
ing-on Elizabeth's lips at last cam
out "Is he marriedf" she asked, j
"I don't know. He-never spoke ofc
a wife, did "he? No, I guess he isn't
married?" she answered, ,
Elizabeth joined the company;
Winter kindly coached her in the
part and she became more madly in-
fatuated with him than ever. Occa
sionally b.e took her to supper after
the performance, but always treated
her with respect
One night she found that her room
at the hojel was next to his, with'
connecting dodrs. Soon after arriv
ing at the close of the performance
she heard a woman's voice in conver
sation with him. Her heart beating
wildly with jealousy she listened.
Indeed, as the woman's voice rose
louder she could not avoid hearing
all that was said.
"Now, see here, Baz," she said, "I
know you're passing yourself off as a
single man, but when it comes to try
ing it on with me, your lawful wife,
and forgetting the existence of your
own kids it's going a little too far."
"How, many times must I tell you,"
he retorted angrily, "it's -business in
ths profesh. They don't want a mar
ried man in lover leads."
"That's all right, but it don't go
with the kids. Danny's feet are on
the ground and Mabel's coat Is sd
shabby she can't go out of doors and
the baby Has got to have things. You
promised to send me money two
I weeks ago, and " ,
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