she seems mucli to prefer the quiet
of the little town of Niles, which
hides itself under the high hills thirty
miles back of the big western city.
Miss Valdez' present vocation is
photo-playing. he. 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
The more I see of Dick's sister,
Mollie, the better I like her. She has
the making of a splendid "big"' wo
man. To me "bigi" which we hear people
talk so much about when speaking
of men or women, means only the
capacity to grow a heart always
learning to be more tolerant of 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 I love her sense of jus
tice, which is wonderful in a girl as
young as she; Mollie is only eighteen.
When I inet fier downtown she was
just as pretty as 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
bo large they cover the whole front
of one from waist to knees. These
were "theonly 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 tp
sell them to her by saying that Miss
one of the richest girls in town,
had just purchased a set just like
She seemed so disappointed, be
cause she could not be suited that"
I proposed going over to another
On the way over I said: "Mollie,
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
We shopped all over town to see ir
we could not buy something as be
coming for less money, but nothing
seemed suitable afterthe martin.
I 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 fosters 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
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