Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, December 15, 1922, Image 6

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Beliefonte, Pa., December 15, 1922.
Serene, I fold my hands and wait
Nor care for wind, or tide, or sea;
I rave no more 'gainst time or fate
For lo! my own shall come to me.
i stay my haste, I make delays,
For what avails this eager pace?
I stand amid the eternal ways,
And what is mine shall see my face.
Asleep, awake, by night or day,
The friends I seek are seeking me.
No wind can drive my bark astray,
Nor change the tide of destiny.
‘What matter if I stand alone?
I wait with joy the coming years;
My heart shall reap where it hath sown,
And garner up its fruits of tears.
The waters know their own and draw
The brook that springs in yonder
So flows the good with equal law
Unto the soul of pure delights.
The stars come nightly to the sky;
The tidal wave unto the sea,
Nor time, nor space, nor deep, nor high
Can keep my own away from me.
—John Burroughs.
(Concluded from last week).
“Gracie, deah—will you gaze!”
Miss Mallard’s wide, wondering
orbs, accompanied by Grace's, turned
toward the door. »allie MacMahon
had just entered, resplendent in spring
outfit. Above silk ankles billowed a
skirt of silk the color of her eyes. ‘the
ankles ended in slippers mounted with
buckles of cut steel. Her arms
gleamed white through transparent
clinging sleeves. A necklace of pearls
clasped her throat and over the golden
head brimmed a wide hat weighted
with roses.
She disrobed nonchalantly, hanging
her garments against the sheet that
ran round the wall for their protec-
tion. She pretended not to see the
nudges of the girls, but her heart sang
a paean of triumph.
Now they would stop laughing at
Now they would treat her with re-
Yea—weep for her, ye wise ones!
Sallie’s day had come. She had fallen
from grace. Worse, actually reveled
in her downfall! That very morning,
without a struggle, she had gone to
the savings bank and wantonly de-
pleted her little horde. There had fol-
lowed a wild debauch of spending such
as her own mother had indulged in
years before. Silks, laces, chiffons,
feathers! Shades of Scotland, the
Irish had won out!
And having recklessly started at
high speed, she could not stop. She
had no desire to. Ridicule she might
have gone on enduring, but nightly to
sit opposite Mr. James Fowler Patter-
son in his perfectly tailored clothes,
conscious of the variety and extent of
them—that had been the straw that
broke the backbone of resistance.
Once and once only had Mr. Jim-
mie essayed the role of godfather.
Reaching home one evening after a
long drive in the moonlight, he had
followed her up the ladderlike steps
to the dim vestibule and, standing
there, had clasped quickly round her
wrist a narrow glittering bracelet.
“To match the ring,” he had whis-
Sallie’s gaze had fastened on the
jewels that laughed up through semi-
“Oh—I—couldn’t!” she breathed at
last. And don’t imagine it was easy.
i “Please! Just because I want you
“But I—I couldn’t, Jimmie.”
“But if I ask you? I'm crazy about
you, Baby. Never was so keen on a
girl in my life.”
Sallie gulped hard and without look-
ing at it unclasped the clinging circlet.
“Please,” he protested as she hand-
ed it back. “Please—dear!”
She shook her head decisively.
“But I want to see you in pretty
things. I want you to have them.”
“Thanks, Jimmie—for wanting to
give it to me. But you musn’t—ever
do that again. It wouldn’t be right
for me to take it.”
And Jimmie had been forced to con-
tent himself with flowers and kid
gloves and perfume—French stuff at
eight-eighty an ounce.
That phrase of his, however,—“I
want to see you in pretty things”—
clung to her consciousness. She want-
ed him to see her in them. She want-
ed to see herself in them. She want-
ed those girls to see her in them.
After which the savings bank sim-
ply flew to meet her,
“Well,” observed Miss Mallard, still
devouring the new costume. “I’m glad
you're learning how to handle him.”
Sallie slipped into her chair.
“May we inspect the dog collar, my
«deah ?” Miss Mallard pursued.
With large indifference Sallie hand-
ed over the necklace and watched the
blue eyes widen. Not hers to inform
the lady that it had been purchased at
a near pearl establishment guarantee-
‘ing that “Our pearls rival the real.”
Miss Mariette fingered it lovingly,
ven to the tiny barrel of brilliants
that formed the clasp. “Atta boy!”
she breathed and as she turned it let
fall upon Sallie a look approaching
homage. 3
“Oh, that’s nothing,” Sallie found
herself saying, drunk with the dazzle
of scoring at last against her enemies.
“I’m going to get a car of my own
soon.” And promptly wondered how
she was going to get it. :
But feminine imagination, given full
rein, took the bit between its teeth
and galloped beyond Sallie’s control.
She spoke of champagne supper par-
ties and a house on Long Island and
gables, with the largesse of an
«Apabian Nights.” She tasted the
sweets of seeing baby blue eyes and
impudent black ones dilate with envy
as the other girls gathered round.
She swept on, heedless of sharp turns
ahead, and not until the callboy shout-
ed the half hour did she halt.
At the curb that night she found a
gray roadster barking its haste to be
off like a pert Pomeranian. Mr. J. F.
Patterson stepped out, then stopped
short with a gasp as he took in the
glory of her. She gave him her hand
—and waited. To her amazement he
said not a word, merely helped her
into the car. It snorted and raced up
Broadway. Still not a word! She
snuggled into the low seat, turned to
look up at him. He was frowning.
“What’s the matter, Jimmie?”
“Something is.”
“Nothing, I tell you!” His tone was
brusque. The frown settled deeper,
bringing brows together.
Sallie’s eyes filled. She had pic-
tured something different—Jimmie
bounding with delight when he saw
her! Jimmie covering her with ad-
But his mood did not change.
Throughout the ride he brooded, si-
lent, absorbed—though she tried des-
perately to make conversation.
“Is this a new car, Jimmie?”
“Why didn’t you ever come in it
before 7”
“In the repair shop.”
“I like it.”
“Do you?”
“Yes. It’s so——so cozy.”
“Is 112
Silence—a long one.
“Jimmie—I—I don’t want any sup-
“Why ?”
“I—I think I want to go home.”
“Just as you say.”
“Jimmie—what—what’s wrong ?”
His eyes scanned the beauty of her,
steel buckles, silken dress, rose laden
hat. They ended on the glossy pearls
and his lips which had opened for
speech snapped shut.
He drove her home, without a word
lifted his cap.
“Jimmie—please—please don’t act
that way.”
“What way?”
“So—so queer.”
He gave a short laugh.
She clapped a hand over her mouth,
stared at him, eyes swimming, then
fled up the steps.
‘the following night Mr. Patterson
was late for the first time. He swung
round the corner just as Sallie appear-
ed. She was wearing a violet suit,
fluffy lace colar and cuffs, and a hat
of violets. They made her eyes the
same color. During a night of tearful
and bewildered groping, she had ar-
rived at a conclusion. Jimmie hadn’t
liked the way she looked! He wasn’t
pleased with her dress or hat or some-
thing. Maybe he didn’t think they
were becoming and hadn’t wanted to
hurt her feelings. A lighter color,
perhaps, something gayer! After
which she rolled over with relief, stole
a few hours’ sleep, and later embark-
ed on another shopping tour.
But the violet, apparently, made no
more satisfactory impression than the
blue. He handed her almost roughly
into the car. They shot like a cannon
ball into the darkness.
There were no stars. The moon
had reached the full, dwindled and
slipped round to smile upon the oth-
er side of the world.
Sallie gulped, groped for a fitting
subject and finally burst out:
“Jimmie, tell me about yourself.
You never have told me much.”
“Nothing to tell.”
“How does it feel to have so much
money ?” she proceeded for want of
something better to say.
The effect was electric. He turned
on her. The car jerked to the other
side of the road. “You ought to
know!” .
“1? Stop kidding!”
“Yes, you!”
“Look as if you’d come into a Rock-
efeller income!”
“Well, I haven't.”
“No 2”
“You know it!”
“1 don’t know anything about wom-
“Well, you ought to know all about
“Yes—I ought to.” He gave the
same ugly laugh of the night before
but in his eyes was real pain. “But
who knows what to expect of a chorus
“Oh, what’s the use?” came in hus-
ky desperation. “Let’s be merry!”
Sallie stared, choked and bewilder-
ed, into the darkness. She didn’t know
how to answer, how to act. This new
Jimmie, this—this nasty one! He was
a stranger. Small teeth settled into
her lower lip to halt its trembling.
For three nights they followed the
same program—she bewitching in a
new costume chosen tearfully to con-
ciliate the mysterious male—he taci-
turn, unresponsive, answering her la-
bored conversation with husky mono-
syllables or hard cynicism that hurt
without enlightening. Twice during
those three days it drizzled, and in-
stead of suggesting supper in the
neighborhood as had been their habit
in bad weather, he drove the short ten
blocks to the weary brownstone house
and left her there.
“As if he wanted to get rid of me,”
sobbed Sallie into her pillow.
To dust and ashes in her mouth
turned the sweets of her triumph over
the girls. Though she continued to
weave stories for their benefit, to elab-
orate on gifts in the past and the car
in the future, to flash her diamond and
twirl her pearls, the tang had gone
out of it.
By Friday she felt she couldn’t
stand it another minute. What had
she done? Under the glimmering
stars she gazed up first in mute plead-
ing, then
“Jimmie,” she ‘choked, “take me
home. I—I-—guess I'd better 2
The roadster snarled at the tug that
sent it round the corner.
“Oh—another date?”
“Maybe!” His tone had brought de-
fiance into hers.
“H’m! Thought so!”
“You—you’re horrid!”
“Well—I can’t blame you. What
chance has a mean little bracelet
against a string of oyster tears like
that?” The voleano that had been
rumbling all week sent up a sudden
blinding glare. “Gad, what an ass
I’ve been!” it spat out.
“Don’t talk like that—don’t.”
“] mean it—a saphead! Swallowed
that diamond yarn whole—hook, line
and sinker.”
“It—it wasn’t a yarn!”
“You'll tell me next your mother
bought the pearls, too.”
“No—I did.”
The volcano roared a warning.
“God!” A pause while his breath
“It’s true, I tell you! I bought them
myself—they’re imitation.”
He flung back his head. His laugh
frightened her.
“Oh—won’t you believe me?”
“Won’t you—please?”
“And I put you above them—way
on top.” The volcano erupted with
thunderous crash. “But you're like
the rast of them! Price—a string of
pearls—a diamond! Sit down! Sit
down, I say! Ill get you home soon
White and terrified, she subsided.
Words rushed to her lips, clung there.
He crashed on.
“But you did put it over! Had me
going so that I’d have staked my life
on you. Got me with the baby stare
stuff. ‘Baby’—huh! It’s a lesson—I
won’t be such a damn fool next time!”
“Jimmie”—the voice struggled to
keep steady—“I swear to you—!"
“I wouldn’t believe you on a stack
of Bibles! Down on your luck—
thought you had an easy mark. Then
something better — pearls! — came
“Jimmie—I—TI’ll never forgive—"
“That’s right! Injured innocence.”
“J—I could die this minute!”
“It’s tough, though—when the first
time a man really—cares—more than
he ever thought——" The words halt-
ed painfully.
“Oh, won’t you listen? Jimmie—
you-—you had so much—and I »
“But the other fellow’s got more!
Like all the rest——"
They stopped with a jump that
made the roadster snort in protest.
“You—you don’t understand,” the
sobs clamored to her lips. “Tomor-
row—please—please listen ”
She sprang out of the car and up
the steps, clinging to the iron rail.
But tomorrow when she hurried out
of the stage entrance, eyes darting to
the curb, Mr. James Fowler Patterson
was not there.
“My deah—what has become of the
orange motah ?” Miss Mariette turned
her round stare on Sallie.
“Oh! He—he’s out of town.”
“M’m! Been ‘out’ some time, I take
“F-four weeks.” Sallie found it
impossible to talk these days without
o quiver. And the wells that had been
her eyes were wept dry.
“When does he return, my deah?”
“Oh, s-soon now, I guess.”
“H’m!” Merciless blue eyes took in
the small white face, listless shoulders
and drooping mouth, while their own-
er hummed low and langourously,
“When I Come Back to You.” After
which she proceeded, “and the cob-
bles 7”
“The dog collar, my deah.”
“Oh—I—I put it away.”
“Ah 9”
“J—it—I thought I'd better
wear it round all the time.”
After a moment of slow scrutiny
Miss Mariette cast her eyes heaven-
ward. “You were wise, child, not to
let him get back the diamond, too,”
she drawled.
“I d-don’t know what you’re talking
“Oh—d-don’t you? My deah, do I
look as easy as that? It’s plain he’s
gone his merry way tra-la.”
Like a whip Sallie snapped back at
her. “He hasn’t!”
“Tra-la, tra-la-la!”
“Don’t you dare——"
“Then where’s the car, tra-la?”
“I told you 2
“The car he was giving you, I
Grace, who had entered in time for
the last words, tittered with all the
old enjoyment.
“Poor little car skidded on the way,
Gracie, deah,” announced Miss Mal-
Sallie’s throat closed in a hard knot.
Her head almost dropped on the ta-
ble. But not quite. Pride kept it up.
Pride and the determination never to
let them know how right they were.
Yet Miss Mariette Mallard, having
resumed her tactics of warfare, allow-
ed to slip no opportunity for attack.
She teased and tormented and tra-la’d
with purring delight, sharp little tal-
ons inflicting new wounds.
Sallie began to slink into the dress-
ing room as if to hide from insinuat-
ing smiles, and coming out of the
stage door she fairly tore round the
corner to escape the torturing vision
of that line at the curb.
The pearls she had recklessly let go.
Santa Says
After what he had said, she couldn’t
bear to touch them. The necklace
curled in her hand like some wrig-
gling reptile. Her first impulse had
been to toss it into an ash can, but
eventually she found herself back at
Her diamond! She could get enough}
on that! A few months in which to
tear up to the curb and spring out, to
display the shining body to startled
eyes, to make them believe he had
come back. Jimmie—who never
the near pearl shop. A sauve sales- | would! She gazed out through the
man after much fingering and testing
reminded her that they did not refund
on merchandise but added that he
might be able to resell at a loss if she
cared to leave it. Sallie even hated
the money—something more than half
the amount she had paid—that his
smooth hands finally counted into hers. |
One thing though she did determine
in the long nights. There must be a
car! Never must they be certain that
Jimmie had gone for good! But cars,
like Pegasus, soar winged in the
clouds and June had come gliding into
the arms of May while Sallie suffered
and waited, lived on bread and milk,
and hopelessly priced the cheaper
Other lips, mustached, clean shav-
en, young and not so young, answered
Sallie’s plea of “Won’t you smile at
me?” Sallie did not hear them. Oth-
er eyes sought hers from motors at
the curb. Sallie did not know they
were there.
She was in her room balancing ac-
couts at eleven-thirty p. m. When she
did sleep, figures whirled through her
dreams, figures and Jimmie’s face.
Then in the murky dawn of one
June day came an inspiration. Yes-
terday she had seen a second-hand
runabout painted a beautiful blue for
only two hundred and fifty dollars
with a week’s trial before buying.
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streaky window pane and for a time
the car was forgotten.
When the chorus had assembled for
the Wednesday matinee, a ring drop-
ped tinkling to the dressing room
floor. Sallie picked it up, proclaimed
that the stone had come loose and
wore it no more.
Later behind a window barred like a
prison, Sallie MacMahon’s lips clung
together and she looked away as her
most precious possession passed into
other hands—probably for all time.
At last the night arrived when the
girls sighted at the curb a little car
blue as the heavens. One of them step-
ped lightly from the stage entrance,
fetched a key from her bag, bent
down, paused, then sprang in and took
the wheel as though running a motor
were a daily pastime.
Miss Mallard stopped in the center
of the pavement.
“I'll tell the world!” she breathed,
forgetting Fifth Avenue. “She wasn’t
lying, Grace—she wasn’t!”
Sallie MacMahon smiled upon them,
put her foot on the self-starter, heard
the cheerful chug chug of the engine
responding, and with terror chasing
down her spine, spun round the cor-
As she disapepared, Grace’s reply
wafted on the breeze:
“But he’s a piker, anyhow.
big as a minute!”
Up Broadway, eyes starting with
fear, heart pounding, went Sallie. And
every instant’s progress petrified her.
Buildings descended. Motor trucks
loomed up. Trolleys tore, gigantic,
It’s as
held her.
it, she clung wildly to the wheel while
all Broadway danced.
equal those ten blocks.
had the thought of the sagging brown-
stone house been a welcome one. A
century later she reached her own
street, turned in. Then something
snapped. The runabout stood stock
still. Sallie tried to recall the varied
instructions of the garage man who
had taught her to drive it. Without
his guiding hand, they were Greek.
She fled in the direction of a pass-
ing policeman, caught his arm.
“Please, would you mind? Something
has happened. It—it stuck.”
He grinned as he took in the blue
mite. “Better go and phone your ga-
rage, Miss. I'll take care of it till you
get back.”
Sallie dropped his arm.
“Why, I—I haven't any——"
“What do you do with it at night?
Take it to bed with you?”
within an inch of the blue mite that '
It was completely, totally |
swamped. For the first time alone in !
Never had she traveled a distance to |
Never before
“N-nothing. It—it’s new. I—I
never thought——"
“Then find some place to put it—
quick. They’ll send you a man: ”
Sallie stood stock still as the car,
then turned on her heel and dashed in
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