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THE "MOURNFUL EXAMPLE"
By George Elmer Cobb
rip "Well, my man, what is it?" chal
lenged the stage doorkeeper.
"You advertised for supers."
l, "We did, and are overstocked. Be-
t- sides, that's your sole wardrobe, I
"Why wouldn't it be?" questioned
the other, aroused. "Are you too
poor to furnish the stage clothes?"
He turned away. He was ragged,
uncouth, for he had not been shaved
for a week. He bore the looks of a
drinking man, and he was that. He
was young, but his face was bloated
and he was none too clean.
"What's the trouble?" chimed in a
brisk voice, and the male star of the
week came upon the scene.
"Oh, only an actor out of a job!"
sarcastically informed the door
keeper. "Hold on!" quickly interrupted his
superior. "My man, we can use you."
Richard Evans turned back. The
actor made a beckoning gesture.
Richard followed him through laby
rinthian pasages until they reached
a dressing room.
"Sit down there," directed his
guide, motioning to a chair. "Hey,
there, Calder!" he hailed some one as
he closed the door. Its panels were
thin. Evans could not help but over
hear a rapid conversation at its other
"I've engaged a new man for the
drink scene," spoke the actor.
"Yes, and typical. He looks the
part naturally. Put 'John Jones' on
the payroll for the week. That is, if
he will keep sober that length of
The actor returned to the room
where he had left Evans. He stared
hard at the latter as Richard uttered
an abrupt laugh. It had bitterness
in it, besides a tinge of recklessness.
"What are you laughing at?" chal
lenged the actor.
"At what I've come to. I over
heard you 'mournful example.' As
.to the sobriety clause, of course, you
won't object to a bracer before I go
through the stage ordeal?"
'That's all right," nodded the
actor. You don't have a speaking
part, but you must drill up so you
make no breaks."
Richard Evans went through his
part with little. interest, except in the
anticipation of sufficient money at
Evans Could Not Help But Overhear
a Rapid Conversation.
the end of the week to keep him sup
plied with liquor for the one follow
ing. Fiction, the drama, ha.d little
charm for him. He had faced too
much of the real in his caried expe
rience. Drink had cost him position,
home, friends. A derelict, he had
sunk lower and lower, year by year.
When his part in the first act was
over with Evans lingered. There