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AID OF WAITRESS
; By IRA E. ROGERS.
iCopyright, 1318. by McClure Newspaper
j While Barbara waited for her order
abe glanced shyly at the young man
In khaki sitting opposite her at the
table, and her blue eyes beamed ap
proval. She hnd never seen a more
kindly or intelligent face, she told her
self, and she knew he would be brave,
too, when the occasion should arise.
Bhe began to wish she knew him.
The waitress had been bustling
about the table* and Barbara, looking
down suddenly, noted to her surprise
that a plate containing two orders of
rolls had been set directly between her
place and that of the young man.
When the full significance of this
Struck her she became horrified. It
was evident that the waitress thought
that they had come in together. Oh,
!f she could only catch her eye! But
the busy little waitress seemed to
look at everyone but her. Why hadn't
?he gone to tho pince where she usu
ally went at night and not ventured
Into this restaurant? The younir man
was absorbed in a paper and appar
ently had not noticed the waitress'
When hours had passed, according
. to Barbara's feelings, the two orders
were brought In and placed before the
young man. He looked up with a
start; but it was only a fraction of a
minute that surprise mastered him.
Then he started In to serve Barbara
as If It were an every-day occurrence.
"It's best to pretend we came to
gether," he said in a low voice, after
the waitress had hurried ?way to
Barbara acquiesced shyly. After a
few moments her diffidence wore
away and sh? suddenly found herself
chatting with the young soldier in the
most unconventional way. She felt
a twinge of regret when the dinner
was over and they had to go their
sep?rate ways. He had taken no ad
vantage of their strange meeting, and
they parted as they had met, strangers.
In the days that followed Barbara
thought much about the young man
In khaki. His kindly dark eyes seemed
to follow her wherever she went, and
She often caught herself scrutinizing
a crowd with a. hope that she might
see him again. She had not eatered
the restaurant where they had met
since that night Although she had
passed it many times she did not have
the courage to enter.
One evening, about a month later,
Barbara decided to go to see Grace
Lincoln, a girl acquaintance, who lived
out of town. In the course of the eve
ning she related her strange experi
ence, and when she had finished Grace
laughed immoderately, a great deal
more than the occasion would seem
Before Barbara took her leave her
friend said, with a twinkle In her eye,
"I want you to come out next Tues
day night My cousin from Wilton is
coming to visit us for two or three
days, and I would like to have you
meet him. I'm sure you'll like him.
You'll come, won't you?"
Barbara promised that she would
come. Ordinarily she would have gone
home delighted, but now she did not
feel pleased at the prospect of meet
ing Grace's cousin. What did she care
about seeing him?
When Tuesday evening came she
took a train for her friend's house, and
lt was a little before eight when she
arrived there. Grace came to the door
In answer to her ring, meetln? her
with a burst of delight "He's come,
Barbara; and I know you'll like him.'1
Barbara smiled unconcernedly. As
they entered the living room a tall
figure in khaki who had been sitting
before the open fire rose and came for
ward. The girl could hardly believe
her own eyes. She was ashamed of
herself, for she was blushing furiously
as Grace Introduced her to her cousin ;
but Richard Young soon put her at her
ease and it was not long before she
was chatting with him as she had at
the restaurant He did not once alinde
to their former meeting, and for this
she was very grateful. Just before
nhe left Grace drew her aside a mo
"Richard has been trying to find you
ever since that night," she said. "He
told me all about it-he and I have
always been like brother and sister. I
never had an idea that you w?re the
girl until last week when you were
out I said you would like him," she
added, with a roguish glance, "and by
the way things look I guess-"
"He's Gery pleasant," broke in Bar
bara, her face burning with blushes.
Grace said nothing more but smiled
Barbara was pleased when Richard
Young offered to see her to the train,
and as they walked along together she
felt as if she had always known him.
'Tm going to call on you tomorrow
evening," he announced boldly as the
train rumbled Into the station. "Pro
vided, of course, that you want me to
'Tes-I want you to come," Barbara
shyly answered him.
The next evening Richard told her
that he had been called, and that he
expected to go away the following
"When I come back I want someone
I know to be walting for me. Do you
think she will, Barbara?" .
And Barbara answered softly, '1
know she will, Richard."
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Wholesale Grocers and Dealers in
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Greater Revenues Required
19?3 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919
Changes in Bell Telephone Rates -1913 to 1918
Compared with Changes in Wages and Prices
SINCE 1913 there has been a steady increase in the price of all com
modities and the products of industry, which has not been reflected
in a corresponding increase in telephone rates. In order to meet the
past and present high cost of telephone operation, a revenue in just pro
portion to the expense must be secured.
The reason is simple. The cost of telephone operation has steadily
advanced both because of the increased cost of material and the in
creased living cost of employes. The consumer has realized the neces
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tion. The telephone industry has been affected by the samt conditions
which have produced higher prices in all of the necessities of life.
Between 1913 and 1918, commodity prices .advanced 112 per cent,
wages advanced 72 per cent and B?ll Telephone rates the country over
advanced only 4 per cent. Adequate rates are needed if the service is
te be maintained efficiently and on a comprehensive scale, so as to meet
the increasing demands of the public.
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