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She advanced, flicking her whip,
and Rita, growling, poised herself to
spring. This was the crucial moment.
Suddenly the girl heard Goldini's
"Come out!" he screamed, half
opening the cage. --"It is no good!
At that moment, just as the girl's
attention was distracted, though it
was but a momentary wavering of
an eyelid, Rita leaped. At the same
instant the other lions sprang into
Rita's tawny body flew across the
cage. But at the same moment Nero
sprang to meet her. He could not
stop the momentum of that bulk, but
he turned it. Lioness and dog rolled
in a tussle upon the floor.
At the same instant Goldini
screamed and slammed the door of
The girl heard shrieks of panic
among the audience.. She was con
scious of the circus employes pulling
frantically at the door of the cage.
Before her she saw the dead body of
the faithful hound, and the lioness
and lions worrying it. She retreated
toward the door. Rita sprang for her
again, but the lash of the whip
caught her across the nose, and,
swerving, she flung herself against
the bars. They quivered, but stood
fast, and before she could turn again
the girl had stepped backward to
safety through the open door.
She found herself lying in the cen
ter of a crowd of strangers. Her first
thought was of Nero. Then, remem
bering, she began to weep hysterical
ly. Her second was of Goldini. He
had slammed the door and left her to
Goldini's ancient malady had brok
en out once more. And it was at the
turning point of the girl's career. For
suddenly she realized that this thing
had effectively answered the question
that had tormented her.
She rose to her feet and staggered
through the crowd. She meant to go
away, right away, she could not see
Goldini again; all her love was dead.
A gray-haired woman was clasping
her to her breast. The girl looked
into her face a full minute before she
realized who this was.
"O, mother!" she sobbed. "O, take
me away, take me away!"
Through the silent crowd the gray
haired, black-bonneted woman led
the girl in the short skirt with the
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
CROOKED HEELS ARE CAUSE OF
"Down-at-the-heel" shoes don't
cause all the headaches women are
heir to, but it's responsible for a great
many of them, and for many a case
of frazzled nerves.
The relation between the run-over
heel and the "splitting head" is easy
to trace. When the heel "turns" the
body turns with it, and in that lop
sided position it throws delicately
balanced internal organs out of place
and adds to the trouble by putting
pressure on a whole army of nerves.
The natural result is a headache, and
aches in the body, too.
It costs about 10 cents to have a
run-over heel straightened, but it
costs more than you can reckon in
dollars and cents to have headaches
and sideaches and frazzled nerves.
NO REST FOR THE WEARY
We do wish people would let us
alone. Every time we go to sleep on
the road some gilly comes along and
toots his automobile horn to wake
us. Rock Mills Cor. Washington
(Ohio) Record. jv
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To clean a gas oven dissolve some
rough potash in a little cold water
and paint the inside of the oven all
over with it, using a very old brush,
as the potash ruins it. Leave this on
overnight, and the next morning
wash it off with warm water. All the
grease and burnt bits will come away,
leaving the oven perfectly clean.
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