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THE PENSACOLA JOURNAL -SUNDAY-MORNING, MAY 11, 1919.
Fheir 'IMktried Life, By MABEL. HERBERT URNER r-i I Helen' glanced questioningly at Louise's rmjrless hand on which had glittered Bob's engagement ring. "I've returned it,' briefly. "You thought that would road him into action," persisted Helen, merci lessly. Louise, who was crumbling a tea cake by her plate, did not look up or answer. "Oh, I could have told you it .wouldn't," despairingly. "Bob's like Warren. He Just freezes upl He'll think you will wish It final.'' "Apparently that it what he wishes." returned Louise coldly. "Oh, no, no He looks absolutely haggard! I can't tell you how he's changed in these last few weeks." And yet Loulre's dark eyes looked straight at Helen now, "He's never said a word except that once!" "That's all he's ever said, but that's the Curtis nature the more deeply they feel, the less they say." y The orchestra in the palm-fringed balcony was now playing the "Glow worm," and Louise's lips quivered as they listened to the plaintive melody. She had refused to go to Helen's apartment for fear Bob would think she was coming there on the chance of seeing him, but she had consented to meet Helen at the Astoria for tea. Helen, who had not seen her for over a week, was startled at the change. She was much thinner all her bright color ad gone, and yet her very pallor had a loveliness of its own.' "Did I tell you father and I are going to Florida the 10th?" Louise asked suddenly. "To Florida?" S "Yes; lots f people I know are at Palm Beach now. I'll go out like mad end forget." Her laugh had a harsh note. "Does Bob know? Did you write him when you sent back the ring?" Louise shook her head. "1 don't want him to know until I'm gone. He might think it only a ruse to influence him.' ; "How long will you stay?" "Until April." "You'll be perfectly wretched," de clared Helen with conviction. "You'll be thinking of Bob every moment." "Possibly, admitted Louise coldly. "But I'd be thinking of him here, and I'll at least feel that I've restored some of my self-respect if I go away." "If I thought you could forget, I'd want you to go, for I believe there are many men who might make you hap pier than Bob ever could.' But I know you can't, you can't forget him any more than I can forget Warren." "I can try!" briefly. Then, with a startled "Oh!" Louise put her hand to her throat. "That man the one's that just sat down at the table back of you! Doesn't he look like? ' Helen turned, the poise of the man's head and shoulders was startlingly like Bob's, but the full face view dis pelled the likeness. "I loathe myself for it, and yet." faltered Louise, "whenever I see any one that looks like him, it makes me sick and faint." For the last half hour a daring scheme had been formulating in . Helen's mind, and now with one o? her sudden impulses she yielded to it. "Oh! I've caught my heel in this hem, it'l trip me on the street," stoop ing over and examining the fold of her skirt. "I'll run to the dressing room and pin it up before I forget it,' push ing back her chair. "Why can't you do that a.s we go out?" "It won't take a moment," hurry ing off before Louise could protest. Out in the lobby Helen made straight for the telephone booths. "Give me Rector 10825." breathlessly to the girl at the switchboard. "Number three," snapped the girl. Helen entered the third telephone booth, and tremblingly snatched down the receiver. . "Rector 18025? Is Mr. Robert Cur tis there?" "Bob, this is Helen. I'm at the Astoria having tea with Louise she's going to Florida next week. Take a taxi and get here as quick as you can. No, she hasn't said a word," loyally. "But if you want to see her, come, and come quick!" When she came back-to the table Louise was gazing out of" the window, too deep in her brooding thoughts to wonder at Helen's long absence. "Let's have an ice." suggested Helen to prolong the tea. n "You have one, I don't care for any, listlessly. For the next half hour Helen s thoughts were almost disquieting. Had she done right? Should she have tried to bring these two together? Might it not be better for Louise if she never saw Bob again? And yet Helen's love rt inv was so deen-rooted that she had been powerless to resist this im pulse to telephone Bob. Suddenly she saw him, tall, broad- shouldered, coming toward them. Helen caught her breath. HOW mucn he looked like Warren. "Well, this is luck! Already had tea?" "Yes. but we'll order you some. Helen's laugh was a little hysterical, and she dared not glance at Louise. 'Are you sure," he turned to Louise, "That I won't keep you?" "Oh, quite sure.", Louise's voice was low, but icy cold. "Do von often have time for after noon tea?" asked Helen, to' give him a chance for the explanation wn.jn she hoped he had prepared. "Unfortunately no, but I had to meet a man from the west here at 4:30. Just left him when I saw ybu. It's curious how many westerners stop at this hotel. They used to go to the. Aldorf." T.niiisi kent her eves on her plate, but Helen ' could see her hand trem bling as she toyed with her ice." Now came a silence, strained, Whlcn Helen broke with a nervous, excited: "Oh! there's Irene Moore and her mother! I must see them!" The next moment she was out in the corridor, flushed and trembling. Had her excuse been too bold? But she had to get away. The strained situation had been intolerable. Helen, unconscious of her tightly clasped hands, her flu.ihed cheeks and her shiny eyes, did not realize that she was being watchei with interest by several men sitting around the lobby. But in a few minutes she instinc tively turned to the shelter of the ladies' dressing room, and sank into a gilded chair, her heart beating tu-tumultuously-.- How long should she stay away? What would be Louise's attitude? Slight not she too "freeze up" If she suspected this plot? Would Bob be tactful? If only he would sweep her off her feet by his tender ness. But if he tried to argue that would be fatal. Louise's pride had been terribly hurt. He would have to meet her much more than half way. What would he say first? Helen felt so much depended upon that and the way he would say it his voice, his attitude. But what if they should say nothing if they should only carry on a stilted strained "small talk?" What if Bob should not take advantage of their few precious moments alone? To stay away too long would look Wire lor Electricity JNoMuss orFtfss 4Vsi ""'rt1 r : 00$ , 111 u, pn Mfftm JmffiUm si Make Your Home the place you want it to be Electric Service is one thing you cannot be witho" if you would have a modem home. You can have your home wired quickly and easilywithout trouble, muss or racket. The cost is probably much less than you think. A world of new comfort and convenience opens to you the moment Electricity is installed. Pensacola Electric Co. Phone 2010 "There are Smiles that make you Happy, There are Smiles that make you Glad . . BUT Above all things keep Dad smiling! He's the man that pays the bills. Instruct Us to Put an Awning At Dad's Bed-room Window, on the Porch where he sits after a hard day's work. He will be pleased, appreciative, and won't mind paying the bill, because you thought of his comforts. Awning Time is here. Order today. GUV A. H LEO CO 602 1-2 and 608 1-2 S. Palafox. Phone 1176 Also Jacksonville and Mobile. Pensacola, Fla. PC ' 'l too apparent, so Helen reluctantly re turned to the tea room. . They were talking earnestly, Louise, with averted eyes, playing-" with the stem of her glass, while Bob leaned tensely toward her. At; least they had not been talking conventionalities. . But the expressions of both were baffling. Louise might have been flushed either from Joy or embarass ment, and Bob's face was inscrutible. "I'm sorry to he so long, but I had not seen Irene for months!" said Helen nervously. At that moment the waiter ap proached with the check, and while Bob took possession of it Helen tried desperately to think of some way he could take Louise home alone. It was plain that things were not settled.. Louise was already drawing on her gloves, and as It was now almost six there was no excuse for lingering. ' "Well,- shall we move on?" asked Bob, as Helen turned to him expect antly. , They made their way out through the lobby where Bob ordered a taxi. "Oh, I must go to Ardman's. I've got to get some silk before they close," said Helen hurriedly, resenting that Bob should leave all thehe scheming to her. w . "All right. We'll drop yoSi there." It was only a few. minutes drive to Ardmans and no one spoke on the way. It was a relief when the cab drew up and Bob Jumped out. ' . "Is It all .right?" whispered Helen, as she sooped to kiss Louise good-bye. "I don't know," in a low tense whisper. Bob helped her out and Helen called back a gay good-bye to them both. "Store's closed ma'am-" The big doorman put out a restraining hand as Helen, absorbed : in her thoughts, started in Ardman's. "It's after six." It had been closed when, they had driven up. How fortunate that none of them had noticed it. Shrinking from the glare of the" sub way Just now. Helen walked on up the avenue. She was still trying to analyse Louise's whispered i' "I don't know." . I- Was, all this scheming to be of n avail? .Were these two Impossible. Would they quarrel all the way home and part more embittered than ever? Y. M. C A. FINDS MUCH TO DO THOUGH THE WAR IS OVER Atlanta, Ga, May 10. Next time you hear Somebody wondering out loud what the T. Ml C A. finds to do for the soldiers, now the war is over, you might recall these few things, which, constitute a portion of "the really long list of matters attended to by the "Y" of this country: In the monthly report Just filed, it is noted that in one month 3,067 sec retaries in 501 war work - centers, maintained 904 huts which were visit ed and used by 12,534,766 soldiers. They gave 4,300 entertainments and 7,885 motion picture shows, for a total audience of 3,442,380 men. A Games were staged and exercises provided,' in Which 1,371,599 soldiers took part, witnessed by 1,855,091 spec tators. Envelopes to the number of 6,318,636 were given out, and twice that" many sheets of writing paper. Money orders aggregating more than half a million dollars were sold, and 13,867 educational classes, attended by 147.218 soldier students, - were held, while 236,889 books were lent to sol diers from hut libraries. In" the re ligious work:, 7,713 meetings were held, attended by 708,996 men, and . 5,218 Bible classes with an attendance of 93,760. . And this was' merely part of the work "over here" during, one month. The T appears to be a busy little organization. ' LOCAL OPTION IN ERADICATION BEING ADVOCATED pulsory dipping bills, said tonight: "A government representative has made the. statenemt that Florida has made more progress toward tick eradication inthree years, and my -contention is that local option and education will succeed, bringing quicker ' and more lasting results that a right compul sory dipping law slapped on a people who do not understand the advantages of dipping and possibly resulting in and maybe the killing of good citizens.- I am a strong- advocate of dip ping and realize the advantage to be obtained from tick eradication, but I contend that a general progress of tho work under a local option plan will do more good than drastic laws at this time." Florida has profited by the mistakes of her sister states" continued Mr. Phillips." without having to go through with their unpleasant experiences. Vhe.e is not a county in ' Florida that is not building vats, and in my opin ion the tick will be practically eradi cated in two pears if the local option work is put under the right manage ment and is not disturbed.- The sub stitute bill provides for a two mill tax in each county and an appropria tion of one hundred and fifty thou sand dollars for the livestock sanitary board to act in an advisory capacity, and I am against it." BUT NOT NEW PEOPLE We are glad to announce that we have opened a garage at the corner of Gregory arid Tarragona Streets, where we will be pleased to serve our, friends and the public. No job too small or too large; all will receive prompt attention. BE CONVINCED TRY US Hoffman & Sellers A. R. Hoffman Geo. B. Sellers (BY HERBERT FELKEL) Tallahassee, May. 8. Representative W. -Wi Phillips, of ; Columbia county, who ; "has - been leaader in the house fight precipltted by the statewide com- WASHINGTON AND LEE IS PLANNING ALUMNI REUNION Lexington, Va.. May 10. With the an nouncement , of speakers for Its com mencement exercises on June 20-24, ar rangements at Washington and Lee for a victory alumni reunion and final cel- ebratalon are naring completion. Rev. W. Crosby Bell, T.' D., professor in the Episcopal Theological seminary of Alexandria Va., will preach the baeca laureate sermon, while Dr. William A. Garfield, Ph. D.. president of Centre Collette, Kentucky is slated to deliver : the commencement address.. t A . -j n unusually large number of alumni are expected to return- to Washington and Lee for commencement this year! when special exercises are to be held In 1 honor 0f th part played by over 1,200 J W. and L. men in. the ' service. 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