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has made me know you better than
years of prosperity ever could. But
to see you having to stand this is
breaking my heart! You could" he
paused, his voice breaking "could
go back to your own but lor me." ,
"Do you want me to gb?!' she
"Only for your own sake, dear."
"Then let me stay for my own
sake." And her, head went closer
against his heart, and his hps pressed
against her hair.
Mrs. Jerry Bailing, one of the in
fluential young society matrons in
Glenville, was foremost in getting up
a charity benefit There was to be a
play, to be performed entirely by
amateurs in the exclusive set Mrs.
Baiting declared that if the cast was
amateur, there must be a profession
al to conduct rehearsals. She knew
of a most capable stage director who
could be secured for the modest
figure of $75 a week. The committee
promptly indorsed her suggestion,
and Mr. John Erskine came down
from New York for the rehearsals.
He at once gave evidence of know
ing his business, managed the ama
teurs with tact, and ha,d the manners
of a gentleman. Mrs. Bentham, not
knowing much of the stage back of
the footlights, determined to inves
tigate. She went to a rehearsal, and
became so interested she kept on
going. Next she became interested
in the good-looking young director,
and asked to have him presented to
her. She invited him to tea, and he
After her quite cordial welcome
she said to him: "I have been won
dering if you possibly might be relat
ed to the Erskines of Boston. John
Erskine was a great friend of mine.
He took the prize for oratory, was a
Harvard man, and "
"And went to San Francisco to
practice law," he finished.
"Yes! Yes! You know him?"
"He is my father."
i "Oh!" she cried, "I am so glad, and ,
so surprised. Your father was a gen
tleman." "Yes. I hope his son is, too."
"I never supposed an actor was
well, quite a gentleman. I see," she
added graciously, "I was mistaken."
"My father, Judge Erskine, felt the
same way," he smiled. "I don't think
he does now."
Then Mrs. Bentham began to ask
questions concerning Vane Hillary.
Had he ever heard of him? Yes, he
was a very good actor, a hard stu
dent, straight as a die, and also a
gentleman. Mrs. Bentham received
the news in silence, but pressed him
to come again.
The gentleman playing the lover
part was suddenly called away, and
Erskine had to jump in and play the
role. He made, such a hit that a New
York manager who had been lured
to the performance engaged him on
the spot for an important production
Mrs. Bentham made Erskine promise
to bring his wife the moment she
came to New York. Nearly all Glen
dale turned out for the first night in
New York. Mrs. Bentham sent a
pleasant message to Erskine and he
answered asking if he should call
with his wife. He was most press
ingly urged to do so.
The young people appeared at the
door of the Bentham home in some
"Gladys!" cried Mrs. Bentham.
"But you " looking at Erskine.
"Hillary is my stage name," he
"Come home ! Both of you ! 0 my
son! Gladys! No wonder you loved
him!" She had them both in her
arms, and Papa Bentham came up,
and waited to be hugged.
LENTEN MENUS FOR ONE DAY
Breakfast Stewed prunes; corn
cakes and sirup; coffee.
Luncheon Creamed eggs; gra
ham muffins; cabbage salaa; tea.
Dinner Boiled cod; Spanish rice;
escalloped tomatoes; mince pie;