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BETTER LATE THAN NEVER
By Elsie Fielding
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"Peggy, I am the most miserable
girl on' earth," sighed Letty Milbridge
to her friend, PeggyBaldwin, as they
sat together on the porch of the
The girls had not been on speak
ing terms for several weeks, and it
had been a great surprise to Peggy
when Letty came in, m the old-fashioned
way, and sat down for a com
"You see," continued Letty, hardly
able to restrain her sobs, "when you
broke off your engagement with
John Ford he felt very badly about
it And because you were jealous of
"Letty, the less said about that
the better," interrupted Peggy in a
"But you were jealous, and it was
all nonsense," protested Letty. "You
thought we were secretly thinking
about each other, and neither of us
had ever dreamed of such a thing.
So, just to show you that we didn't
care, John and I became engaged."
"It didn't trouble me," said Peggy,
vehemently. "I am sure I was very
glad to see you two happy. You are
far more suited to each other than
'JBut, Peggy "
"And Harold Lowell and I are
agreed that we love each other dear
ly," continued Peggy vindictively.
"So there is really no reason to hark
back to an ancient story, and I am
very glad that we are going to be
"But listen! Do listen, Peggy. John
and I doit't care for each other, I
know, and I have never dared to tell
him so, because he doesn't realize it
yet And and "
"What do you say?" demanded
Pegcy Baldwin, starting up in her
chair. "Oh, Letty! Does he does
John, care for me, do you think?"
"Then you. you love John?" in
quired Letty in an awed whisper.
Peggy Baldwin burst into tears. "I
have never loved Harold," she
sobbed. "I just got engaged to him
to show that I didn't care either."
"But this is awful, Peggy. "What
is to be done?"
"We must just marry the men we
don't care for."
"No, Peggy! Listen! Suppose I
"But This Is Awful, Peggy."
tell John that you care for him still.
And give him his freedom."
"But that's absurd, my dear. Be
sides, you wouldn't have anybody
"Don't you suppose I would rather
be an old maid all my days than mar
ry a man I didn't care for?" demand
"Don't you care for anybody, Let
ty? I thought you and Harold used
to be "
The tell-tale blush that crept un-