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"THE WAY OF THE WOMAN," WITH IRENE
HOUGH, MOST BEAUTIFUL TELEPHONE GIRL
Marguerite Dawson had been the
reigning beauty of two .seasons. She
travelled in a "fast set" Her ways
were those of a woman of the world
and her gorgeous apartments a
Men of wealth from all walks of
life were her prey. She studied men
as the spider studies the fly. And her
capture was sure.
Beautiful, tasteful in her dress and
possessed of wonderful charm, she
had captured Arnold Cummins with
out effort. He just drifted into her
life through a gay theatrical supper
party one night and she made up her
mind the next afternoon she would
And Arnold, "fell." He managed to
keep his secret from his wife. Then
love's call became too strong he
knew he must either give up Mar
guerite or Evelyn. Society was be
ginning to gossip it was just a ques
tion of days when Evelyn would hear
of his misdemeanor from the lips of
So he had told her plainly the un
For days they did not see each
other. Dorothy Ellis, the beautiful
telephone ghrl, whc had so aroused
Evelyn's suspicions with her great
beauty, knew the trembling voice that
floated over the wire each day from
the Cummins' residence was the
wretched wife, hoping against hope
that her wayward husband -would
mend his ways and return to her.
Dorothy Ellis, unconscious of the
pain she had caused, even chatted
with Cummins' little son when he
asked for "Daddy."
Quite a friendly spirit grew up be
tween the soft-voiced operator and
the son of the president of the firm.
And, in common with the world, Dor
othy knew that Cummins had split
with his beautiful wife.
, A crisis in the affairs of the Cum
mins' family came when Evelyn went
with her little boy to soften the heart
of Marguerite Dawson. She pleaded
with all the fervor of a woman's shat
tered heart with the woman upon
whom Arnold had fastened his affec
tions. She put forth the child in an
endeavor to melt the steel of the
"vampire's" heart But in vain; Mar
guerite believed in the "even chance"
game of love. She was willing that
Arnold should stick to his wife but
his wife must first show the power to
attract him as she, Marguerite, had
succeeded in doing.
The scene is a painful one.
A final plea by Evelyn seems to
stir the "other woman." She hesi
tates, grasps the child in her arms
and sits in silent thought a moment.
Marguerite has made up her mind.
Her course is clearly outlined ahead.
A change is taking place in her soul
and Evelyn, with a thrill of hope,
Marguerite, with her woman's intui
tion, thinks rapidly. She calls Cum
mins on the phone and asks him to
hurry to her apartments. She then
calls on an old admirer on the wire
and invites him. Both men come to
gether in the rooms of the woman
they both love.
Like a thunderbolt, Marguerite an
nounces her engagement to the old
admirer and Cummins, stunned, falls
into a chair. Ths surprised admirer
takes Marguerite in his armsj
Arnold Cummins stumbled from
the room. He phoned his office.
Dorothy Ellis answers.
"Your wife is waiting for you, Mr.
Cummins," she said pleasantly.
Her voice seemed to awaken Cum
mins to his better nature. A moment
later he leaped into a taxi and start
ed for home.
Reconciliation! Joy! A happy
family sat down to dinner in the
Cummins' home that night.
"It was all a wild dream, Evelyn
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