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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 20, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 18

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THE VICTORIOUS DEFEAT
By Katherine Howe
"I've got to play ragtime in a cheap
cabaret or starve."
Philip Hutchins looked at the girl
before him with an odd mixture of
humor and despair.
"Oh, Phil! That's awful! It's heart
breaking disgraceful !"
"Not as disgraceful as borrowing
money till people get on the other
side of the street; or or being cart
ed off to the morgue." He tried to
speak lightly, not wanting her to
know how much it cost him. In Ger
many he had been the great master's
best pupil. At his first concert he
had made the piano spealo the poetry
of Chopin and Liszt until the critics
had cried "Bravo!" But the war had
come, and also the end of his income,
and he had returned to New York to
try to make a living with his art, with
this result.
"But you, little girl! If I could only
make them give you your chance. It
wouldn't be long before Ruth Lam
bert, the violinist, would be blazoned
in big letters on the billboards."
"I'm afraid that will never come."
The tears gathered in her eyes and
her voice was so near the breaking
point she could not trust herself to
go on.
"Don't say 'never'," he cried, with
an attempt at being courageous. "1
tell you, Ruth, I've heard great art
ists in Berlin, and you you have it
in you."
"But no one will pay me for play
ing. I can play before these clubs
and at afternoon teas until the end
of time and it never occurs to them
I have to pay room rent and have at
least two meals a day. I don't know
how to get rich people interested in
me somehow I can't do it, and I've
haunted the bureaus and agencies
until the very thought of one makes
me sick It's just about as pleasant
a prospect to thmk of goinK home
a failure as as what you said." I
"But you're not a failure'" he as
serted. "I know fine playing when
I hear it! You are bound to make
your mark! Go home for a little
while. Call it a needed rest, a short
vacation, and maybe before long I
shall be making enough for both of
us. Then you shall have your con
cert and we shall be together all the
time."
For answer she put her hand in
his and he drew her to him. It had
iin
"You Can Have a Place as Cashier
in One of His Stores."
been understood now for several
months that "some day" they should
be "always together." It began with
their first meeting at Burleson's
studio reception, when her accom
panist failed to appear and he offered
to be a substitute. How wonderfully

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