in the center of the lake. She is a novice at the art and is
having a difficult time. Suddenly a breeze swings the craft
around. The girl becomes excited. She screams as she is tipped
into the water, for she can’t swim. The Dashing Hero is on
He hears the scream.
Without hesitating to cast aside his shoes or any of his
clothing, the 17 year-old youth plunges into the water and
swims out to where the girl has gone down. He clasps her body
close to him and makes for shore. He has rescued the heroine.
The scene is still the lake at
Iona. It is three days later. The Pretty Girl and the Dashing
Hero are in bathing suits this time. He is trying to teach the
heroine to swim.
“You know,” he says in a voice that indicates he
is falling in love, “I’d gladly ruin another suit, or even
two more, to rescue you, but it’d be much easier if you’d
learn to swim for your self.”
Then be tries to teach her to paddle a canoe, but he
fails in this enterprise too.
It is a few days after Thanksgiving, 1927. The
locale is Clayton. The Pretty Girl, who has graduated from
Glassboro Normal School since Act Two and has been teaching
music in a school near New York City, is brought home. She has
had a nervous breakdown.
The Dashing Hero, who has become a musician of some
note, both in dance orchestras and in Steubing’s String
Band, of Camden, pays frequent visits to the Clayton home.
Gradually the Pretty Girl recovers.
“Harry,” she whispers to him one day, and the
tone in her voice is the kind Juliet used when she talked to
Romeo, “1 think you’re awfully good for my nerves.”
is Saturday, January 21, 1928. This time the scene is set in
Elkton, Maryland. The Dashing Hero is holding the Pretty
girl’s hand, while words are being recited that make them
man and wife. The ceremony over, the two start on a honeymoon
but the young man is heard to whisper to the young woman as
by gosh, you’re going to learn to swim and paddle a canoe or
I’m going to live all summer in a bathing suit.”