Buchen, Walther (ed.) / The Wisconsin magazine
Vol. VII, No. 8 (May 1910)
Rirabien, pp. 12-16
The priest of Juarez, p. 16
THE WISCONSIN MAGAZINE Grace-What definite accusations have you to make? Can you cite examples of his bad influence, or of any talk which is circulating. Erma appears to be doing ex- cellent work in her studies. I have known Hubert all his life, and I need definite proof against him to believe it. Mrs. Herne-I am very sorry that all this has arisen. Very sorry, indeed- Erma-Yes-we also are sorry. Mrs. Herne, yesterday you told me that every- thing was all right-that nothing more would be done-that You loved me very dearly, as a daughter, and would do any- thing for me-that you understood how things were, and that you would see that no trouble arose. I trusted you. Then you left me, called my sister up and alarmed her, and wrote to Mrs. Smith. Can you explain your conduct? Lotta-Every word of that is true. I have been keeping watch. Mrs. Herne-Well-you see-well, I thought it was-Erma, don't you under- stand ? Erma-No. I wish I did. Hubert-Anything against me? If there is, I would be glad to hear it. I want these people to hear also. Florence-You broke rules. You re- mained out after ten o'clock. You came here evenings when the girls weren't sup- posed to have callers. Grace-Mrs. Herne- would you like to have an investigation of the number of girls in your Sorority who break these same rules? I am afraid there is hardlv a sorority in town which could stand up under such an investigation. Probably Erma and Hubert haven't been as under- handed about it as most, and consequently you know more about them. I don't like the looks of this-it is not right. You are not giving Erma a square deal. Is there anything else? Mrs. Ierne-(Angrily.) Give me my letter. (Hubert hands it to her.) 11oss-(Crimson with passion. Her fat face and body seems about to explode.) This is a miserable shame! Hubert-Yes. (Dead silence. The opposite parties glare at each other. Erma looks at the floor. Fanny Wilkinson is on the verge of tears.) Grace-Well, there isn't much to say. Of course, after what has occurred, the un- derhanded treatment she and Hubert have received from you-Erma will sever her relations with the Sorority. Lotta has de- cided to go with her. She and Lotta have arranged for a comfortable rooming and boarding place on the other side of town. Erma will at least finish out the Year. Lotta, come, we will pack up now; the baggage man will be here in an hour or so. Florence-(exploding) No! No! 0! 0 ! The other girls and Mrs. Herne-O! Hubert-I guess Erma and I will go for a walk. Sororitv nature is a rather surprising thing-until You get to know it. Don't You think so ? Erm a-Yes. (She turns quickly to him, and they walk off through the open door on to the porch, and disappear. Grace and Lotta go across the room, out on the left, and up the stairs. The girls and Mrs. Herne stare at each other stupidly. The Priest of Juarez ANONYMOUS The throb that follows the boom of the bell, UWhen the host on high is raised, Still rode on the air with a lordly swell And I listened-moved, amazed. The priest came out of the vestry door And I gaped at him, aghast. A fighting cock under his arm he bore, But he blessed me as he passed. I followed him to the cocking pit And I backed his bird alone; I won their dinero, quite a bit, For the Lord still guards his own. I gave to that priest a mighty mite That a high mass might be said For my father's soul; that very night I painted El Paso red.
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