THE "SOUL SHOP"
By Mildred Caroline Goodridge.
"Paul Barnes is .9 ethereal that
is his charm," lispedIiss Minerva Ir
win, apropos of the man she expected
Her close friend, Ada Warner,
looked impressed. Not so. blunt,
He Became a Drone and Acted Bored.
flain-spoken Jerome Haight, her
fiance. He was a great, honest bear
if a fellow. Haight had been obliged
o work his own way in the world.
ractical common-sense wss his
asis. He had little patience with the
onstant aesthetic pose of Miss Irwin,
and was glad when she was gone.
"She is so cultured, so refined, isn't
she, now, Jerome?"' spoke Ada, with
a rather longing and mildly envious
sigh as the visitor departed.
"Is that what you call it?" asked
Jerome with a smile. "Why, her
'high attainments,' as she lisps them,
don't appeal much to me. I don't see
much else but the ardor of a faddist
in her new affiliation."
"Oh, Jerome! Remember she is my
, "And you are worth ten of her,"
insisted Jerome convincedly. "Don't
let her spoil you, dear. Elver since I
heard of her she's been running after
this and that new cult. Now she, is
devoted to what do you call it?
that 'soul shop.' "
"You shock me!" protested Ada.
"There is a select little group in the
city who have organized a new spirit
ual congress. They meet, discuss the
higher- ethereality, and really some'of
their literature is inspiring."
"But for what end?" challenged
the critical Jerome. "Where lies the
utility? Do they raise the ' helpless,
feed the poor? Ah, no. They com
prise a mutual admiration society. I
will admit the lady devotees look
filmy and delicate in their affected
oriental costumes. I acknowledge
that they've got poor Barnes so re
fined down that he manicures his fin
ger nails four times a day. That wavy
blond mustache of his is a dream.
The new flowing cut to his overcoat
suggests a French exquisite of the
French monarchy. He dawdles his
time away, though, and he isn't much
of a man.
Ada was quite incensed and pouty
at all this, but her emotions subsided
as her fiance parted from her in his
heartsome, honest way. Certainly he
was a lover to be proud of! There
was no pretense about Jerome
Haight He had experienced hard;
knocks in his young career, and they
had made him practical, a rising, de
pendable man of business. There was
not his superior in athletics in the vil
lage, he was straight as an arrow,
strong as a lion. He was truthful,
Miss Irwin wafe indeed spoiling Ada.
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