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tasted 'the theatrical life. But she
didn't She proved to have genius.
She went into the movie game. They
are paying her $2,000 a week. She is
"Julia Rome is your wife?" I in
quired. "Hush-sh!" came from all around
us. The screen was alive again. It
was that famous play, "Home and
the World." I saw Julia Rome in a
thousand poses before the spectators.
The tragedy of the situation gripped
me the $40 husband watching his
wife night after night as she posed
and postured before the diversified
In the next interlude he turned to
"You saw her?" he said. "That's
my wife. Yes, sir. She proved the
success of the season. And she she
I could say nothing to that.
'She left me, sir. There was an
actor chap John Howe. You saw
him. He always plays with her. She
used to bring him to bur house or
rather, our landlord's house, a little,
cheap, two-family house in the su
burban district I could Bee the sneer
in his heart as he looked at me. Six
months .ago she began bringlnghim
home. In three months I saw how
the land lay. She was tired of me,
tired of a $40 husband. I gave her
her choice. It was Howe or me. She
she cried, sir."
r could make no answer to that,
"I drove her away. I was too proud.
She said if ever I sent "for her she'd
come back to me. But of course that
was just talk. And then I resolved
that if there was anything between
her and that Howe fellow I'd kill him.
That's wliat I'm here for.
"I.told you it was reading between
the lines, didn't I? Naturally, these
actor folk don't talk about the play
all the time they're acting. I take it
that it becomes a sort of second na
ture to them. They can be killing
each other and breaking jail and
making love and all the while they
are telling each other what a fine din
ner that was; last night, and will the
roads be good for autoing next
"I have a brother in the education
business. He has charge of an insti
tution for deaf and dumb children. I
went to him and asked him to teach
me the deaf-and-dumb language. He
didn't know why I wanted it, but he
taught it to me."
"Finger languauge?" I asked.
"No, sir. Progressive institutions
don't teach that any more. It's lip
reading. I took a job there as porter.
I knew I could always get a forty
dollar job when I wanted it. I'm a
specialist in wool goods, and there's
always an opening for a low-price'd
man. I took a job as porter in the
institution and worked there six
weeks. At the end of that time I could
read lip language. Then I began
watching the films."
He turned on me fiercely and
grasped me by the arm.
"I've been watching her every night
since then," he said. "I've heard
"everything she's said to Howe. When
she had first left of course they were
just friends. After a couple of months
the new plays were coming on, and
she looked kind of sad. Once I heard
him tell her to cheer up. Well, she
looked grateful, sir he was chasing
her round the block then, and she
looked grateful just for a second,
when he had her by the hair. That
started me thinking.
"After that he began making love
to her. Never one instant did he stop.
And she didn't say much, just kept
quiet and went on with her work "
"Hush-sh!" exclaimed the audi
ence. The forty-dollar man whispered:
"This is a later play than the last
The minute I hear her tell him she
loves him I'm going to find him and
"The screen was working. A suc
cession of figures passed and repass
ed. Julia Rome and John Howe oc-