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she seems much, to prefer the quiet
of th,e little town of Niles, whiah
hides itself under the high hills thirty
miles back of the big western city.
Miss Valdez' present vocation is
photo-playing. She belongs to the
Bronco Billy Company '
"These musical comedies are like
a course in astronomy."
"What d'ye mean?"
"Oh, two or three stars and a
whole group of heavenly bodies."
N. Y. World.
CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
SHOPPING WITH MOLLIE
j Chapter LIV.
The more I Bee of Dick's sister,
Mollie, the better I like her. She has
the making of a splendid "big" wo
man. To me "big," which we hear people
talk so much about when speaking
of men or women, melans only the
capacity to grow a , heart .always
learning to be more tolerant pf oth
ers and a. brain which is daily better
able to find one's place in the world
and endeavoring to fill. it. .
I love Mollie's enthusiasm. I love
her frankness and sincerity, but,
most of' all, I love her sense of jus
tice, which is wonderful in a girl as
young as she. Mollie is only eighteen.
When I' met he? downtown she was
just as pretty aB she could be with
her fair skin, her bronze brown,
crinkly hair and her gold brown eyes.
She looks much like Dick, although
Dick's eyes and hair are darker.
We went into the fur store where
Mollie looked at all kinds of fur neck
pieces and muffs without being satis
fied. Commercialized fashion takes no
account of either.beauty or utility
its whole philosophy is change, and
it is sometimes hard to find a taste
ful garment in the whole season's
The long fur scarfs can only be
worn over the shoulders as we do a
soft piece of lace, and the muffs -are
so large they cover the whole front
of one from waist to knees. These
were "the only things worn this win
ter" we were told blandly.
Mollie is small and she looked very
ungraceful in these, but the sales
woman with mistaken zeal tried to
sell them to her by saying that Miss
, one of the richest girls in town,
had just purchased a get just like
She Beemed so disappointed, be
cause she could not be suited that
I proposed cm5 Qver "to another
On the way over I said: "Mplller,
if I were you I would try and buy
a small neckpiece and a muff of mar
tin. That fur will blend with your
hair and I know it will be becoming
At the next place we asked for
martin and, sure enough, Mollie look
ed beautiful in it, but, alas, a muff
and neckpiece of that fur cost fifty
dollars more than her father had
i We shopped all over town to see'if
we could not buy something as be
coming for less money, but nothing
seemed suitable after the martin.
1 had not used the money Dick had
paid me on my allowance for the last
two months, 'and I was surely tempt
ed to give her the fifty, but my better
sense whispered "that is just what
Dick has always been doing and it
only foBters In Mollie's mind the idea
that she can ' have anything she
Finally I said: "Mollie, I'll lend
you the rest of the money." The dear
girl was very happy and so was I,
although I am afraid I have made a
mistake, as Mollie has no settled In
come and hasn't the slightest idea
when she can pay me. .
Every day I see more and more of