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" 'Again I must ask you to explain
what you mean by "throwing down",'
remarked icily to the manager,"
said Paula, as she took up the thread
of her story at the exciting point of
her interview with the manager.
"He glared at me and then said,
"Of course every one on Broadway
knew that Earnest Lawton fell for
you the minute you turned those
lamps of yours on him. Bets were
made all the length of the street as
to how long you would last You
see, not one of us thought you could
make your bluff good behind the
footlights. But we saw you had per
sonality all right and you were the
" 'But I must say you put it over,
kid, and I think it made Lawton a lit
tle jealous, for I want to tell you no
man likes to have a woman beat him
at his own game, and nothing kills
that little thing we call love so quick
as to have the woman we have a sen
timental feeling for prove the better
of the two.
" 'It ain't right, kid, and I saw from
the first that you didn't care a snap
of your pretty pink fingers for him. I
am sure he got his and that is why
he is so mad at you. Why, he has
gone back to his wife, you know, and
she's a long-suffering skirt to put iip
with him, say I.
" 'Now here is my proposition. I'd
like to put your name in the bright
lights of the little old street and I will
if you'll be good and do your part. I'm
tired of Lawton and I can see you are
a comer. Just say the word and I'll
close down the show and it's us for
the real burg.'
" 'I'm not going back to New
York,' I said quietly. Until the words
were out of my mouth, Margie, I did
not have any such idea.
" 'Great heavens, girl, what are
you going to do?'
" 'Well, as soon as my two weeks
OF A WIFE
ONLY THE SHIRKER.
are up I think I'll
sides the stage.'
" 'Going to get married?' he in
quired with a leer.
" 'I had not thought of it,' I an
swered. " 'Look here, Miss Newton, marry
"I jumped, and I guess he saw I
" 'Oh, I mean it, he exclaimed. 'I'm
crazy about you and I can make you
the greatest actress in America. I
can see you are the kind of a girl one
has to marry.'
"I laughed, Margie, it was funny.
That great fat pig of a man with the
coarest of minds and no manners at
all telling me I was the kind he would
have to marry.
" 'I am not as ambitious as that,' I
said to him, 'and so I must decline
"Before I could get any further he
interrupted, 'Who is the man you are
in love with?'
" 'My personal affairs are only for
myself,' I answered coolly.
" 'You are making a great mistake,
kid, honest you are. You'll get it
through your pretty head yet that
any woman must have pull to get on
in the theatrical game.'
" 'That is why I think I shall leave
it,' was my parting shot as-I went out
of the door."
(To Be Continued.)
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