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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 18, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 18

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."""-ByBevis Alton
"Say, ma'am,some folks is scan
dalousmean ina-tawn like Haver
shani. Now, there was that Lizzie
Smith that I have in mind. Lizzie
was verging on twenty-five and never
hada beau. You see, she'd been a
She Stood Looking a Herself
sort of drudge to that cranky old aunt
of hers, and when Miss Rogers died it
was found she'd only left five hundred
a year to Lizzie and the rest went to
an old beau of hers who was a mar
ried man with nine children in Little
field. "Well, ma'am, Lizzie had got so
subdued that she couldn't perk up
even when she found -herself sort of
T fixed for life. She wore the dowdiest
old clothes and hats that had been
out of style for fifteen years. She
boarded with the Flynn sisters, and
ypu know they're cranks, too. They
didn't encourage her to spruce her
self at all. Results At twenty-five
Lizzie looks like a sour old scarecrow
.that couldn't get married, nohow.
"Then Alf Perks comes along. Alf
travels in drugs. He comes through
every year, and last year, because
he'd fooled all the girls around these
parts, and couldn't get any one to go
with him, what does he do but make
up to Lizzie. My, how tickled she
was 5 They hadn't got half way to
the picture show before the word was
all over town: 'Lizzie Smith's got a
beau!' v'Why?' 'Alf Perks!' 'Never!'
That's the way it goes in places like
Haversham, as you may have seen
for yourself, ma'am.
"'Now, it may have been deviltry on
Alf's part, or it may have been kind
heartedness, because he knew as well
as anybody that Lizzie couldn't get a
beau and was beyond hoping for one.
But it took courage for him to walk
down the street with that ill-dressed,
homely creature, all giggles and
blushes, because no man had ever
spoken to her before, except in a busi
ness way. Sort of made love, to herj
too, but, of course, that was all fool
ishness. Anyway, when he came
back six months later, on his return
journey, not selling drugs this time,
he didn't speak to Lizzie. Might
have meant to, but he met Susie
Riley, who'd given him the old shoul
der the time before, and they got so
thick together inside of five minutes
that they walked right past the Flynn
porch, where Lizzie was setting, and
he didn't even raise his eyes. Which,
of course, was what Susie Riley had
wanted. "Now, I was saying folks are mean.
It wasn't a month later when the Ar
gus started a competition for the
prettiest girl in town. .There was to
be a Voting match, and the. one that
I had the most coupons filled out won

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