"Oh, isn't it just splendid, Ruth? Don't you feel like singing and dancing? Come on, let's have a two-step! I'll whistle!"
"Alice! How can you be so-so boisterous?" expostulated the taller of two girls, who stood in the middle of their small and rather shabby parlor.
"Boisterous! Weren't you going to say-rude?" laughingly asked the one who had first spoken. "Come, now, 'fess up! Weren't you?" and the shorter of the twain, a girl rather plump and pretty, with merry brown eyes, put her arm about the waist of her sister and endeavored to lead her through the maze of chairs in the whirl of a dance, whistling, meanwhile, a joyous strain from one of the latest Broadway successes.
"Oh, Alice!" came in rather fretful tones. "I don't-"
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CHAPTER III A DISQUIETING ITEM "MAN the falls!" This order was given by one of the officers as the boat containing the rescued actor came close to the ship's side. The sailors stood ready to hoist the boat to the davits again, when the tackle blocks should have been made fast by the hooks to the ring bolts at bow and stern. " Best chance I ever had to get a rescue picture," remarked Russ, as he reeled away at the film. The young operator even managed to get in a favorable position, and take views as the blocks were being made fast to the boat. Then, as it was hoisted up, he pictured that. "Is he all right?" asked Mr. Pertell of the sailors in the boat, when the craft was raised to the level of the rail. " Aye, aye, sir," answered the steersman. " Only a bit wet." But Mr. Towne was more than a bit wet. He was completely soaked, and a more bedraggled- looking specimen of humanity would be hard to find. " Oh, the poor man!" exclaimed Ruth, who had thought better of her determination to go below. "It's his own fault," snapped Miss Penning- $on. " He should not have carried on so." " Well, it was partly our fault," interposed Miss Dixon, who was perhaps more just. " We iwere laughing with him." " Don't go too close!" cautioned Miss Penn- ington, as she saw her friend advancing toward the group of sailors, and others who surrounded the rescue party. They were helping Mr. Towne out of the boat. " Why shouldn't I go close ? " Laura wanted to know. " You might get your dress wet. Mine spots terribly." " Oh, so does mine. I forgot; and sea water stains so badly!" So the two actresses drew away. " There, I guess that will do," remarked Russ, as he saw that there was no more film left in thecamera. " Now, Mr. Pertell, you'll have to get some...
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