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UHConsternation.at.the storm he had
raised. How could they sit there so
calmly when a human being was go
ing to his death in such a fashion?
But when Portia came in, attired as
the doctor of laws, William Mullins
knew her immediately.
"That's Lucy!" he whispered.
"Mother! That's bur girl! Look at
He sat nqw like a njan entranced,
starting at her. And when she con
founded Shylock with her learning,
when, after appealing to his human
ity in vain, she ruthlessly unmasked
the laws and drove him, suppliant, be
fore the judge's seat, the father could
restrain himself no longer.
He stood up in his seat and waved
"By Crickey, Lucy, you've got
him!" he yelled. "Good girl! That's
the way! Teach the rogue a lesson!
Tell his honor not to let him get away
with his life! No mercy!"
There were no longer whispers of
remonstrance. Instead, there was an
uproarious outburst of laughter, with
a salvo of hearty handclapping to fol
low. And the old parents, shrinking
back into their seats, the observed of
every eye, saw that Lucy had seen
It was wonderful! How had their
little girl acquired learning enough to
confute the wily; blood-mad usurer?
They sat still ha their seats, bewil
dered and dazed, long after the cur
tain had fallen and the theater had
begun to empty v They were almost
alone when they realized that .the
play was over. An usher came toward
"Mr. and Mrs. Mullins?" he inquir
ed blandly, casting curious glances at
the old couple. '"Miss-Margaret Lake
would like toee"youin her dressing
room. Will ypu step this way,
They followed him down the
stairs, through a side door, and into
a wonderful place behina' the scenes,
where properties of ull kinds -were
stowed away. Theycould hardly take
their eyes off.and.the usher was com-
pelled to stop for them several times,
before he brought them to the com-'
fortable room in which their daugh
ter was waitings ' -
She was attired in her street gown0
and she had carefully washed every
trace of paint from her face. There,
was no reason why she should lei
- As the old couple halted, rather
sheepishly, at the door, Lucy .ran to
ward, them, and was clasped in iheh
"Father!." she cried. "So you have
found me opt! And mother, too!
Why didn't;you let me know, and I
would have had a box for you!"
''By gum, Lucy, what woul4 we do
with a box?", ejaculated her iather.
"Why, Lucy, we wanted to be some
where where we could see you. We
couldn't have seen you in a box. Lucy,
vthe way you did up hat Drylocks fel
low was scrumptious. Some- denied
old tabby told us you were pn the
stage, and we come down here to
save you from rum but I guess we
don't mind now as much as we did
do we, mother?"
"0, Lucy!" exclaimed her mother,
clasping her in her arms again.
And then Lucy insisted on intro
ducing them to her friends to Mr.
Grosvenor, the "star," and to various
subordinate members of the com
pany. And Lucy was to drive them to
their hotel in her own automobile. Al
together it was a night of surprises
for the old people.
But, as they went out together,
Lucy made an excuse to run, back for
something, and Bhe caught Mr. Gros
venor by the arm.
"I wish we had told them every
thing!" she whispered. "Shall I, Phil
lip?" He nodded and she Trent on.
"Did you ever- stop to think, my
dear, it's just Did people hke these
pur fathers and mothers in far-away
villages that make the stage as
good as it is today, and keep so many