By John Elkins
(Copyright, 1917, W. G. Chapman.)
"I will never marry a man unless
he can support me decently," said
Helen with firm decision.
"Oh, well, of course," temporized
Marjorie, "a man ought to be able to
earn a living but there might come
times when he could lose his posi
tion, or something and you know
you're making money enough to tide
over such times."
"I'm doing fairly well with my de
signing, but it wouldn't be anything
very sumptuous for two. Of course,
in such a case I would be willing to
work for two. But I wouldn't want it
to get into a chronic state of happen
ing." "But Jerry Wade is so talented. He
is bound to do something big yet."
"He's a dreamer," said Helen. "I'd
like to see him do something, any
thing if it wasn's so 'big.' "
"Well, he's had two stories ac
cepted. "Paid for?" asked Helen.
"Yes indeed, 550 for the second.
It was beautiful. He has two out
"Have they been accepted?"
"Not yet," answered Marjorie, "but
they will be."
"Perhaps they will and perhaps
tiiey won't Meanwhile how long can
;. man live on $jO?V
"Well, he does live," rejoined Mar
jorie. somewhat exasperated. "I
Think he does some other writing,
and he is trying for a position on a
magazine or in some publishing
"Well, he'd better. A man must
have something regular to depend
"It's strange you don't have more
s- Jerry when you know "
sed with a wistful look in her
1 irge oft eyes. Marjorie's eyes
v i e lit oiif beautiful feature in a
.'istinctl, plain little face with a wide
brow and a tiny chin quite out of pro
portion with each other. The other
girl of much larger mold, an abun
dance of dark hair, fine natural color
in the well-modeled cheek and mouth
with its alluring curves, was undeni
ably good to look upon.
"When I know what?" asked the
The wistful look went out of Mar-
Told Her .Some Great, Good News.
jorie's eyes and something like fury
took its place.
"Oh, you know well enough! You
just want to make me say it! You
know he's up to his ears in love with
"Well, yes, he has said so," calmly
'And you don't care for him the
"Oh, yes I do but I am out of pa
tience with his shillyshallying. If he
would only get something to do."
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