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ROSE GETS A JOB AS CHORUS GIRL IN A MUSICAL SHOW
BUT THE TEST SHE HAS TO UNDERGO IS SOMEWHAT
Synopsis. Rose Stunton, a young wotuun living In modest circum
stances, marries wealthy itodney Aldrlch and for more than a year
lives in luxury and laziness. This life disgusts her. She hopes that
when her biiby comes, the Job of being a mother will keep her happy
and busy. But -she has twins and their care Is put Into the hands of
a trained nurse. Intense dissatisfaction with the useless life of luxury
returns to Hose. She determines to go out and earn her living, to
make good on her own hook. She and Itodney have some bitter scenes
wrangling over tills so-called whim. Itose leaves home, however, moves
Into a cheup rooming house district and gets a job In a theater.
CHAPTER XVI Continued.
"What professional experience have
jrou hud?" he asked.
"I haven't hud any."
He almost smiled when she stopped
there. "An unmteur experience?" he
"Quite a lot," suld Rose; "pageants
and things, and two or three little
"Can you dance?"
"Yes," said Rose.
He said he supposed ballroom danc
ing was what she meant, whereupon
he told him 6he was a' pretty good
ballroom dancer, but that It was gyni
astlc dancing Bhe hud In mind.
"All right," he said. "See If you
can do this. Watch me, and then
Imitate me exflctly."
In the Intensity of her absorption
la his questions nnd her own answers
to them, she hr,d never given a thought
to the bystanders. But now as they
(ell back to give him room, she swept
glance across their faces. They all
jwore smile's of sorts. There was some-1
wing amusing aoout tnis something
out of the regular routine.'. A- little
knot of chorus girls halted In the act
of going out the wide doors, nnd stood
patching. Was it Just a hoax? The
suppressed, unnatural silence sounded
like It. But at what John Cnlbralth
did, one of the bystanders guffawed
' It wasn't pretty, the dunce step he
executed a sort of stiff-legged skip
accompanied by a vulgar hip wriggle
and concluding with a straight-out
Bidewlse kick. A sick disgust clutched
at Rose as she watched an utter re
vulsion from the whole louthly busi
ness. "Well?" he asked, turning to her as
be finished. Ite wasn't smiling at all.
i "I'm not -dressed to do that," she
"I know you're not," he admitted
coolly ; "but It can be done. Pick up
your skirts and do It as you are If
70U renlly want a Job."
There was Just a fnlnt edge of con
tempt In that last phrase and, merci
fully, It Irdused her anger. A blaze
kindled in her blue eyes,;nnd;tWo spots
of vivid color defined themselves in
She caught up her skirts as he had
told her to Ho, executed without com
promise the); stiff-legged skip and the
wriggle, and! finished with a horizon
tal, sldewlse kick that matched his
own. Then, panting, trembling a lit
tle, she stood looking straight into
Gnlbrnith ijvas staring nt her with a
look which -expressed, at first, clear
Sstonishmenrj but gradually cpmplicat
ed Itself with othet" ' emotions con.-,
fusion, n gljrit of whimsical amuse
ment. That gleam, a perfectly honest,
kindly one, decided Rose to take him
on trust. He wasn't a brute, how
ever It might suit his purpose to act
"We've hec.n rehenrslng this piece
two weeks," he suld presently, looking
invny from her when he begun to talk,
"and I couldn't take nnyone Into the
chorus now whom I'd have to teach
the rudiments of dancing to. That's
why n test was necessary. Also, 1
f-oii'ilu't take unyhody who hud come
down here for n lurk."
With that. Rose understood the
whole tiling. .lull 11 Gulhralth hud clas
ullieil her, or thought he hud, as a
well-bred young girl who, In a moment
of pique or mischief, had decided it
would he fun to go on the stage. The
tost lie bud applied wasn't, from Hint
point of view, unnecessurlly cruel. The
plrl he hud tuken her for would, on be
ing ordered to repent the grotesque bit
of vulgarity of bis, have drawn her
dignity about her like n clouk nnd
fcone buck In u chastened spirit to the
world where she belonged.
A gorgwus apparition cumo sweep
ing by them just now, on a line from
'ha dressing room to the door a fig-
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The average farmer might well ar
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bearing trees for shade and future
.fruitage about his home and also in the
tire that, with regal deliberation, was
closing a blue broadcloth cout, trimmed
with sable, over an authentic Cullot
frock. The georgette hat on top of
it was one that Rose had last seen in
a Michigan avenue shop. It had found
Its proper buyer fulfilled its destiny.
"Oh, Grant!" suld John Galbralth.
The queenly creature stopped short
and Rose recognized her with a jump
as the sulky chorus girl.
Gulhralth walked over to her. "I
sha'n't need you uny more, Grant."
lie spoke in a quiet, impersonal sort
of way, but his voice had, as always,
a good deal of currying power. "It's
hurdly worth our while trying to
work, I suppose, when you're as pros
perous as this. And it isn't worth my
while to have you soldiering. Tou
needn't report again."
He , podded, not , unumiabiy, and
turned nwiiy. She glured after him
nnd called out In n bourse, throaty
voice, "Thank my sturs I don't huve to
work for you."
He'd come buck to Rose nguln by
tin's ttlnie, and she suw him simile.
"When 'you do'' It',"' he said over' his
shoulder, "thank them for me too."
Then to Rose : "She's a valuable girl ;
I'm giving you her place because she
won't get down to business. I'd ruther
have a green recruit who will. The
next rehearsal Is ut a quarter to eight
tonight. Give your name and nddress
to Mr. Quan before you go. By the
way, what U your name?"
"Rose Stauton," she said. "But
. . ." Sh had to follow him a
stop or two because he hud already
turned away. "But may I give some
other name than that to Mr. Quan?"
He frowned a little dubiously and
asked her how old she was. And
even when she told him twenty-two,
he didn't look altogether reussured.
"That's' the truth, Is It? I mean,
there's nobody who cull come down
here ,nbout three, days beforo we open
and cull me, a' kldnnper, and lead
you away by the ear?"
"No," said Rose gravely, "there's no
one who'll do that."
"Very well,'.' he saljd. "Tell Quan
any name you like." ,
The name she did tell him was Doris
At the appointed lime for rehearsal
she was on hand. She was one of the
first of the chorus to rench the hull,
nnd she hud ueurly finished putting on
her working clothes before the rest of
them came pelting in. But she didn't
get out quickly enough to miss the sen
sation that was exciting them all the
news that Grant had beeu dropped. A
few were indignant; the rest merely
' Before she bud been working fifteen
minutes, she hud forgotten ull about
Grant. She'd even forgotten her reso
lution not to .let John.. Galbralth re
member she was a recruit.
She didn't know she was tired, pant
ing, wet all over with sweat. She
hadn't done anything so physically ex
uding as this for over a year. B.ut
she had the Illusion that she wasn't
doing anything now; thut she was
just a passive, plastic thing tossed,
Hung, swirled about by the driving
power of the director's will.
She realized, when the rehearsal was
over, that It hud gone well and that It
couldn't have gone so If her own part
had been done badly. But she didn't
understand the look which he sent
nfter her as she wulked off she didn't
know that It was the highest enco
mium he was capable of.
Rose Keeps the Path.
Rose rehearsed twice a day for a
solid week without forming the faint
est conception of who "the girl" was
or why she wus "the girl up-stalrs."
During the entire period she never
saw a bur tt siush: wtmt what stood
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on the piano rack, nor a written word
of the lyrics she was supposed to sing.
Rose couldn't sing very much. She
had rather a timorous, throaty little
contralto that contrasted oddly with
the fine, free thrill of her speaking
voice. But nobody had asked her
whether she could sing at ull. She
picked up the tune quickly enough by
ear, but the words she wus always a
little uncertain about.
She finally questioned one of her
colleagues in the chorus about this
huphaznrdness, and was told that back
at the beginning of things, they hud
had their voices tried by the musical
director, They hud never had any
music to sing from ; there had been
half a dozen mimeograph copies of
the words to the songs, which the
girls had put their heads together
over, and more or less learned. What
had become of this dope the girl
She was a pale-haired girl, whom
Rose thought she had beard addressed
as Larson. ' t
Rose made a surprising discovery
when, with n friendly pat on the sofu
beside her, for an invitation to sit
down, the girl began answering her
question. She was a real beauty. Only
you had to look twice at her to per
ceive that this was so; nnd what she
lacked was just the ununalyzuble qual
ity tiiat makes one look twice.
"I don't know what you should wor
ry about uny of that stuff for," she
said. "How you sing or what you sing
don't make much difference."
Rose admitted thut It 'didn't seem
to. "But you see," she said (she
hadn't fijid a human soul to -talk' to
for more, than a week, and she hud to
muke a friend of somebody), "you see
I've Just; got to keep this Job. And
If every little helps, as they say, per
haps that would." .
The girl, looked at her oddly, almost
suspiciously, as if for a ' moment she
doubled whether Rose had spoken In
good faith. "You've got as good a
chance of losing your Job," she said,
"as Galbralth has of losing bis. Dave
tells me Galbralth's going to put you
with us In the sextette."
Dave was the thick pianist, whom
Rose had found In the highest degree
obnoxious. His announcement was en
titled to consideration, even though it
couldn't be banked upon. There were
three mediums tuid three big girls In
the sextette (Kdnn Larson was one of
the mediums, and so needn't fear re
placement by Rose, who was a big
girl). Besides appearing in two num
bers as a 'background to one of the
principals,; they hud one nil to them
selves, n; fiict which constituted them
a sort of Isuper.-chorus. , ,, .
But the' Intimation that Rose was to
be promoted to this select Inner cir
cle, dldn'K as It first enmo to her,
give her tiny pleasure. Somehow, as
Larson tdld. her- about It, she' collld'
fairly see the knowing, greasy 'grin
thut would, have been Dave's cotument
on thl: j pfbph'eey. ' And, in the same'
flash, file Interpreted the Larsdn girl's
look, I Alt incredulous, half satirical.
"I haven't heard anything about be
ing put. Iiiithe sextette," she suld quick
ly, "arid If don't believe I will be."
"Weill I don't know whv not" There
was n'lnew warmth In the medium's
voice. Rose, .had won a victory here,
and. she; knew It. . "You've got the
looks audi the shape; you can dance
better than, any of. the big girls, oru
mediums, 'either. And if he doesn't
put that big Benedict lemon Into the
hack line where she belongs, and give
you her place in the sextette, It will be
because he's afraid of her drag."
Rose forebore to inquire Into the
nature of the Benedict girl's drag.
Whatever It may have been, John
Gulbruith was evidently not afraid of
it, because as he dismissed that very
rehearsal, calling the rest of the
chorus for twelve the following morn
ing, and the sextette for eleven, be
told Rose to report at the earlier hour.
The chorus was probubly unanimous,
in its view of this promotion. When
Grant came back and ate her humble
pie In vain, and later, when Benedict
was relegated to a place In the buck
line, the untural explanation was that
Galbralth was crazy about the new
girl. The only way she hnd of refut
ing the assumption would be by mak
ing good so intensely that they'd
be compelled to see that her promo
tion had been Inevitable.
It was In this spirit, with blazing
checks and eyes, that she attacked
the next morning's rehearsal. At its
end Galbralth said to her : "You're do
ing very well Indeed, Dane. If I could
hnve caught you ten years ago I could
have made a dancer of you." '
It was a very real, unauallfled com
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Iiiiiuent, uud as such Rose understood
It. Because, by a dancer, he meant
something very different from a pranc
ing chorus girl. The others giggled
nnd exchanged glances with Duve nt
the piano. They didn't understand,
them, the compliment seemed to
have been delivered with the left
hand. And somehow, nn amused rec
ognition of the fact thnt they didn't
understand, as well as of the fact that
she did, flashed across from John
Galbralth's eyes to hers,
The Impetus ofid direction of Rose's
career derived from two incidents
which might just 'as 'well not have
happened two of the fluklest of small
The first of these chances concerned
Itself with Edna Larson and her bad
voice. It was a bnd voice only when
she talked. When she sung it hnd a
gorgeous, thrilling ring, and volume
enough for four. Besides, she hnd an
Infallible par, and sang squarely In
tune. But when she spoke It sounded
like someone who didn't know how,
trying to play the slide trombone. She
was simply denf, It seemed, to the
subtleties of Inflection.
Dully, she reduced Gulbruith to help
loss wrath. Evidently he didn't mean
to be a brute about It. ne began ev
ery one of his tussles to Improve her
reading "of a line with a gentleness
that would,. have done credit to a kin
dergartener. But after three attempts,
each more ominously gentle than the
lust, his temper would suddenly fly all
The girl, queerly, didn't ' seem to
care. But in tne dressing room one
night, after one of these rehearsals,
Rose got a different view. As she1 sat
down on a bench to unlace her shoes,
She looked' straight. Into Edna Lar
son's face a fuce sunken with a
despulr thut turned Rose cold. The
tearless, tragic eyes were staring,
without recognition, straight into
Rose delayed her dressing till the
other girls were gone, then sat down
"You're all right," she said, feeling
very Inadequate. "I'm going to help
"It's always like this," the girl said.
"It's no use. He'll put me back in the
"Not If I can help It," Rose said.
"But the first thing to do Is to come
nlong and get something to eat."
During the next hour Rose learned,
for the first time, whut the weight of
nn Immense melancholy Inertia can be.
The. girl was. like one paralyzed
paralyzed by repeated failures and
disusters, of which she . tpld Rose
freely. "When Gulbruith hnd put her
Into the sextette, a hope, just about
ilend. hud boon ronwnkoned. She'll
ieurned to dance we'll enough to' 4a-
.cnpe.'Censure, and -she'd seen for jier-.
self, how .indispensable her singing
voice was :td 1 the1 sextette'.'' And then
It' 'liiid' 'appeared she'd have to, talk!
And her talking wasn't right. ' '
Look here?" su'id Rose, when' the
story. was. told. , (This was across, the
table in n dingy little lunch room.)
You're goltig to 'say your lines before
tomorrow's rehearsal so that Galbralth
won't stop you once. We're going to
my ropm now, and I'm going to teach
" "Vm,d Yil'mxr " '' ' ' ' "
' In' a 'sort'' of daze, the girl "went;
Rose put her into a chair, sat down
opposite her, took the first phrase of
her first speech, and said It very slow
ly, very quietly, half n dozen times.'
That was at half-past eleven o'clock
nt night. By midnight, Edna could say
those first three words to Rose's Sat
isfaction. They worked like that
straight through the night, except that
two or three times the girl broke
down ; said it was hopeless. She got
up once nnd suld that she was going
home, whereupon Rose locked the door
nnd put the key in her stocking.
, At seven o'clock In the morning they
went back to the lunch room and ate
an enormous breakfast; then Rose
walked Edna out to the park and
bnck, and nt eight they were up In her
room again. They raided the delica
tessen at eleven, nnd made a slender
meal. And at twelve, husky of voice,
but Indomitable of mind Edna at last,
as well as Rose they confronted Gal
When the test scene came. Rose
could hardly manage her own first
line, nnd drew a sharp look of .Inquiry
from Gnlbralth. But on Edna's first
cue,; her line was spoken with no
hesitation at, all, and In tone, pitch,
and Inflection it was almost a phono
graphic copy, of the voice thut. had
served it for a model.'
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When the rehearsal was over Gal
bralth called Edna nut to him and al
lowed himself a long, incredulous
stnre at her. "Will you tell me, Lnr
son," he nsked, "why In the rfiime of
heaven, If you could do thut, you didn't
do It yesterday?"
"I couldn't do It yesterday," she
said. "Dane taught me." '
"Taught you 1" he echoed. "Dane 1"
he cnlled to Rose, who had been
watching a little unxlously. "Larson
tells me you taught her. How did
you do it?"
"Why, I Just taught her," said
Rose. "I showed her how I said each
line, and I kept on showing her until
she could do It."
"How long did It take you all
"All the time there was since Inst
rehearsal," said Rose, "except for
three meals." :
"Ye gods!" snld Galbraith. "Well.
live and learn. Look here! Will you
tench the others the other four lu
the sextette? I'll see you're paid for
"Why, yes of cdurse," said Rose,
hesitating a little.
"Oh, I don't, mean overnight," he
said, f'but mornings between rehears
als whenever you can."
"I wasn't -thinking of thnt," said
Rose. "I was just wondering If they'd
wnnt to be taught I mean, by an
other chorus girl, you know."
"They'll wnnt to be taught if they
want to keep' their jobs," said Gal
bralth. And then, to her astonishment
and also perhaps to his, for the
thing was radically out of the etiquette
of the occasion he ,reached out aud
shook hands with her. "I'm very much
obliged to you," he said.
The second of two Incidents destined
to have a powerful influence at tlvs
time in Rose's life concerned ltslf
with a certain afternoon frock in a
Michigan nvenue shop.
The owners of "The Girl Up-Stnlr.V
were staggered by the figure that Gal
bralth Indicated ns the probable cost
of having a first-class brigand in New
York design the costumes, nnd a firm
of pirates in the same neighborhood
execute them. It was simply Insane.
Muny of the costumes could be bought,
ready made, on State street or Michi
gan avenue. Some of the fancy things
could be executed by a competent
wardrobe mistress, If someone would
give her the Ideas. , And .Ideas one
could pick them up anywhere.' Mrs.
Goldsmith, now she was the wife of
the senior of the two owners had
splendid taste and would be glad to
put It at their service. There was no
reason why she should not at once
take the sextette down-town and fit
them out with their dresseS. Jt. ,; , ,
Galbralth .shrugged his shoulders.
butrra-ude no further complaint. : It
wus, lie admitted, as tliey -had repeat
edly pointed out, their dwn 'money,
So, a rendezvous was made between
Mrs. Goldsmith and the sextette, for
n store ,on Michigan avenue at thres
o'clock. :6n an afternoon when Gul
bruith was to be busy with the prin
cipals. He might manage to drop
In before they left to cast his eye over
the selection, ' '
It was with some rather5 -uncom
fortable misgivings thnt Ros,e set out
to' revisit a part of town so closely
associated with the first year of he
married life. , The particular shop wat
luckily, one that she hadn't patronized
in thnt former Incarnation ; but it wn
in the same block with half a dozet
that she had.
Rose Aldrich's education and
good breeding and her eager
rtess to make good soon put her
at the head of the list of chorus
women. How new opportunity
comes to her is told in the next
tTO BE CONTINUED.)
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