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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 22, 1917, NOON EDITION, Image 22

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"The next day being Sunday, I did
not, of course, expect to see the man
ager, Margie," said Paula, cpntinu
ing her story, "and I had made ar
rangements to go with Tom and Al
na to Atlantic City.
"We started early and had a glori
ous time on the boardwalk and the
piers. It was my first trip to Atlan
tic City and I think it is much pleas
anter in winter than in summer. The
invigorating air seemed to blow all
the worries out of my brain and Tom
complained whimsically that I had
walked a new corn on both feet for
"By comon consent we said noth
ing about the theater,, but it was per
fectly impossible for Alma" and Tom
to be together long without talking
shop. I was glad of this, for news
paper shop talk means that the af
fairs of the world are under discus
sion. "It seems Alma is what they call
a human interest writer, and I gath
thered that any feature tfiat will par
ticularly interest human beings in
humanity is what she is looking for.
" 'It seems to me that everything
should interest humanity,' I said.
" "Not all humanity,' said Tom.
'Little groups of people are interest
ed in different ideas, theories and
methods of work or recreation, but
they are only isolated groups here
and there. All humanity is interest
ed in that which makes them feel
anything pertaining to the emotions,
makes a sure-fire human interest
story. Everybody, the rich and poor,
the ignorant and cultured, the intel
lectual and simpleton, will thrill at
the simple story of a great love, to be
made to shudder at the result of a
great hatred.
" 'Every great story ever written is
a human interest story, whether it is
the relation of facts, as are most
newspaper stores, or the concoction
of fiction in books and magazines.
" 'Tom is writing a book,' said Al
ma slyly.
" 'Oh, Tom, will you let me read
some of it?' I asked eagerly.
" 'Yes,' said Tom, T want to find
out its effect on the sense of some
one before I submit it to the publish
er's readers.
" 'You have . made me laugh and
cry over it, Tommy,' said Alma.
'Don't you think I am a person of
" 'Not all the time,' was his laugh
ing answer.
" 'That settles it, Mr. Sentimental
Tommy. When your book comes out
if it ever does I'll be-on hand to
write a review.' i
"Alma's calling Tom Perry 'Senti
mental Tommy' is only too true of
him. His personality is the most
winning I have ever known. Men
love him and women adore him. The
merest smile which plays about his
lips gives his wonderful eyes the
most caressing expression I have
eyer seen on a human face and
means more than the most flattering
compliment to the woman to whom
the smile is directed.
"This personality is so overpower
ing and gets him so many things that
I was afraid at the time it would be
his undoing, and it rather saddened
me to think that one must be hard
and selfish to succeed in this world.
I was quite in hope that Tom had
fallen in love with Alma, as she is
just the most genuine little balance
wheel I have ever" known.
"I want you to know Alma some
day, Margie, for I know you will love
her as I do. Of all the woman I have
ever met I have never known but one
other, and that is yourself, wljo looks
at life and people with the same big
perspective. I think it was Alma
more than any one else who taught
me charity toward every one who
made me understand that life is too
big a thing for me to find fault with.

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