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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 29, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 18

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By Hi Akers
(Copyright, 1917, W. G. Chapman.)
Probably the reason why Ed Sper
ry so carefully avoided Dolly Kem
per was because his mother had held
her up to him as the pink of perfec
tion. It has never been quite satis
factorily explained why the young
male of the species invariably shies
at the term "a good girl," and so in
variably demands it in the same girl
after they are married.
At any rate, Mrs. Sperry saw the
unselfishness, kindliness and clear
head of Dolly Kemper and made the
untactful mistake of telling her son
about it and suggesting that he pay
the young lady some attention when
Mrs. Sperry invited her to tea. Prob
ably if she had not so insistently en
larged on her good qualities, her son
might have found out for himself
even if she was "good."
"Yes, mother," he rejoined on one
of these occasions, "no doubt she's a
pattern young lady; she'd have to be
to average up the family. That
brother of hers is rapid enough to
bring down the balance. What he
doesn't know about this little town
of New York wouldn't run two lines
in 'Racy Relics.' "
"Yes, I know," said Mrs. Sperry,
thoughtfully. "Dolly never says
much, but I know what a grief t is
to ner, and he is breaking his moth
er's heart."
"Joe hasn't done anything you'd
call actually vicious. He's more like
what the southern darkies call 'tri
flin'. He has lost two positions by
having too many 'good times,' stay
ing all night at cafes and- drinking
too much. He probably won't keep
the one he has another month."
Mrs. Sperry shook her head sadly
and looked with equal satisfaction
and gratitude at her own son, who
took his pleasures more sparingly,
and not only kept his position in a
large mercantile firm; but he
received his second advance in sal
ary. A short time after this young Spern
ry was one evening walking down
"the great white way," with the ra
ther vague intention of dropping into
one of the theaters or the "movies."
The dazzling electric displays lit up
the gay throng of pleasure-seekers
hurrying or sauntering in opposite
directions. Suddenly he saw ahead
of him the slender, graceful figure of
"Dolly!" He Implored.
a young girl exquisitely dressed in
the latest mode. She turned her
head to study the doorway of a
building and he discovered she was
Dolly Kemper. In the moving mass
of people he could not tell who was
with her. He grew curious' to know,
for, of course, she was not alone at
night in that crowd. But as he kept
her in sight, he saw that she was
alone. He had no excuse to intrude
his company upon her, but as he had
no especial stopping point in view he
kept in the wake of the girl. After.

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