Helen was a sport, and she had sporty friends. She didn't believe in the Bible or in being good, and perhaps she even doubted God. There was just as much in a short life and a merry one, in her careless opinion, as there was in a long life and a weary one. One day she and a party of friends were entering a café when a Salvation Army girl outside tried to halt them and pleaded with them not to enter. The little party thought it was pretty good humor, for they laughed, even Helen. Then something happened. They were all sitting with their glasses in hand, listening to a toast being offered by one of the party, when Helen suddenly rose from her seat. Another second, and she dashed the glass to the floor and ran from the café. Outside she pleaded with the Salvation girl to take her away. In the café only Sorello, the gambler, who loved her, sat and wondered. Helen joined the army, and one day was sent as governess to a rich child who was ill. While walking with the child, she sat down to ...
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