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THE OUT-OF-DATE GIRL
By Mary Parrish
(Copyright, 1917, W. G. Chapman.)
"Those -women look to rile like a
jumble of cartoons rather badly
drawn and crudely painted."
The speaker, an elderly man with
a fine, broad brow, hollow cheeks
and an angular frame, looked from
the hotel piazza toward the troop of
promenaders in the afternoon pa
rade at a summer ersort. The other
man, quite his opposite in every way
except for the intelligence and quiz
zical humor of his expression, was
young, good-looking, well "set up"
in the muscular turn of shoulder and
limb, and fashionably clothed. He
smiled at the other's comment, but
seemed to agree with him.
"Yes," he answered, "that's just
about what they look like. Those
freakish, angular things with all
kinds of astounding things for dec
orations they call hats; those furs
muffled up to their ears with mer
cury in the eighties, and skirts far,
far above the ankles! What will they
say some years from now when they
look at the pictures of this period?
Scott! I'd give something to be able
to hear what they will say."
"They will say," rejoined Arthur
Rankin, "that it was only an excep
tional few who made those carica
tures of themselves, instead of which
it is the exceptional few who do not."
"True," assented young Bailey. "I
think I'd like to know that kind of a
"I know one,"said Rankin.
"It must take courage," mused
"It does, and a" lot of common
"'" there, for instance, that girl
,.. L 3 dark blue skirt that comes
down t j her feet the one with the
white w aist and straw hat "
'Tes, I see her," said Rankin.
"I saw her around the hotel for
the first time yesterday. She doesn't
seem to care a nickel that she's
back some years from the reigning
styles; but I don't suppose there's a
man here that would take her out
The elder man looked at him curi
ously. They had only met about half
an hour before, they did not even
know each other's names, but had
spoken as men will on a hotel piazza
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iv:yu immmni if
"I Know One," Said Rankin.
when both are smokers and one
wants a light.
"Do you think," asked Rankin,
"men are all like that?"
"I'm afraid they are."
"But you you have just said you
would like to know that kind of a
"But you wouldn't take her out
The young man stared at him in a
perplexed way. He suddenly found
himself confronted with a problem
he had not though about,