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A LOVE LESSON lii MECHANICS
By CHARLES S. REID
(Coprrtht. 1001, lr Dally Htory 1'ub. Co.)
"Tantalus!" exclaimed Duko Es
mond, as Margery Majors whirled
away from his sldo In tho arms of
Caruthors, his rival.
Tho orchestra was playing a quick
waltz, and Margery smiled back upon
Duke a nilschiovons little smilo as
she felt the Influence of the music.
"Confound 'om both," Duko con
tinued, as ho leaned back in tho littlo
alcove whero ho and Margery had
been standing. "I am no soonor on
tho point of urging my suit at some
seemingly opportune moment, than
something turns up to intorrupt mo;
and she, with evident satisfaction,
plays into tho hands of tho fato that
Is against me."
Piom behind tho curtains of the al
cove, which woro partly drawn, Duko
watched them as they glided hero and
there among tho waltzcrs. Tho glow
of Margery's cheeks and tho sparklo
of her eyes told how much she was
enjoying tho dance; for Caruthors
was not only the handsomest man,
but tho best dancer and tho most
dashing follow In tho ball room. Ca
ruthors was wealthy, also.
"Tho dog! What advantage has ho
not?" exclaimed Duko, ns tho thought
of all these qualifications of his rival
camo to his mind.
"But Caruthors Is a gambler, which
fact Is pretty well known." Esmond
mado a mental entry of this negatlvo
qualification against his rival.
"Intellectually, Caruthors is, to say
tho most, but mediocre." Duko mado
another entry In his mental register
against tho possiblo worthiness of tho
handsomest msin In tho room.
"Caruthers's moral standing is not
abovo question." Esmond scored au
other. "But what am I doing?" ho sudden
ly asked himself. "Why, I am mak
ing comparisons from tho intorested
standpoint of a conceited nss. I am
building qualifications of my own over
tho wreckage of thoso of my rival
a very uncharitable piece of business
to bo engaged in."
Ho loft tho alcovo and walked
across tho hall. A moment later, ho
had joined tho dancers with a beauti
ful, sylph-llkc crcaturo looking up Into
his faco from the half-clrclo of his
strong arm. And soon, a pair of
Duke watched them,
bright eyes woro watching this now
couple closely, and thoso eyes woro
looking over tho shoulder of tho hand
somest man in tho room.
Tho evening passed, tho danco was
over, and tho guests woro taking their
leave. For a moment Duko held in
his clasp a hand he would liko to
havo held always. It was for only
a moment, scarcoly long enough for
him to havo said good night; yot ho
had managed to lean .forward and
'riijsper into a shell-llko ear that
"fldliigly under a roll of soft
i Hi 4iir, ' ' '
brown -hair: "Never mind. I under
stand, and I shall get even with you
Margery laughed, as sho withdrew
her hand; and, bowing Esmond good
night, joined tho party which was just
thon going out.
For two years Duko Esmond had
lovod hor, but ovory advance of his
had been checked In such a manner
that ho did not feel repulsed, and yet
ho could not go forward. To-night
ho had decided that ho must resort
to strategy of some kind; but an
hour's thought before ho slept brought
to his mind no feasible plan.
"But I am a fool," said Duko to
himself. "Why do I not run over
her little evasions and como to tho
A few days later, on a bright
Monday morning, Duko guided his
auto down town and stopped in front
of a repair shop.
"I think I havo a small puncture,"
ho said to tho proprietor.
"Yes, a small one In this tire,"
agreed tho workman, oxamining a
front wheel; "but it will bo fifteen or
twenty minutes before I can repair
"So long as that?"
"I am sorry, but am out of cement,
and I shall havo to go across town to
got some. I havo a machine there
which has a puncturo to be repaired,
and I fear the owner will call before
I got back now." Ho pointed toward
an auto a few feet away, and Esmond
recognized It as Margery's machine
"I have given my help a holiday,"
continued tho repairer, "and shall
havo to go after tho comont myself."
"Then you wish to close the shop?"
"I prefer to leave It open, if you
havo no objections to waiting hero
fifteen or twenty minutes."
"Certainly not," answered Duke,
involuntarily glancing toward tho
When the man had gone, Esmond
walked to tho door and looked out.
Then ho quickly turned back into tho
place Margery was coming. And a
moment later sho entered tho shop.
"Good morning, Is thoro anything
I can do for you?" asked Duke, com
ing from behind tho door, whero he
had concealed himself.
Margery smiled. 'Why, yes; can
you toll mo whero tho shop man Is?"
"Certainly. Ho is gone to get some
cement with which to repair a tire
on a machine which was sent hero
early this morning by a lady patron
who seems to be her own chauffeur,
"It is mine. When will ho return?"
"In about fifteen minutes."
"And I shall havo to wait?"
"I am waiting."
Margery glanced at Duko, then into
"I guess I'd better como back later,"
"Oh, no, just sit down," Insisted
Duke, "and wait patiently, as I am
doing. We who affect tho Bohemian
stylo must do as Bohemia docs. It
will bo for only a few minutes."
"I will wait, but don't lot's sit
"Oh, I want to meddle a little. 1
want to sec all these tools and things
tho man has here; and I want you to
tell mo about them."
Duko laughed a littlo to himself.
Margery was a strategist.
"I shall bo delighted," ho declared.
"I am a workman myself."
Margery began to examino tho
various tools and devices about tho
shop, asking a dozen questions about
each. At last sho wandered to n cor
ner in a rear room. Hero was an iron
viso mounted at tho end of a work
"What is this?" asked Margery,
clasping ono side of tho open viso
with both hands, allowing her fingers
to slip down between Its jaws.
"That Is a viso," answered Duko,
glancing round to assure himself thlfl
part of tho shop was cut off from view
of tho street by a half partition. Seiz
ing tho lovor of the viso, ho gave tho
screw a sudden turn and closed tho
machine's big jaws upon Margery's
shapely fingers. Sho drew a littlo
quick breath of surprise, then looked
up into Esmond's face.
"Pleaso let mo loose," she pleaded
in a pettish tone.
"I am sorry, Miss Margery; but
really, I cannot just now."
"Mr. Esmond, I do not understand
what you mean."
"It means, Margery, that I have you
whero you are compelled for onco to
listen to a few things I havo to say."
"Oh, please release me."
"Oh, pleaso keep quiet for a few
minutes and hear what I have to say,
for I am determined to say it beforo
wo have an interruption."
"Oh, Mr. Esmond, I I just know
that I am going to cry if I am not re
leased at once."
"Tears could not turn mo from my
purposo now, Margery. I lovo you;
did you know it? Of course you
"I havo thought all along that you
M-k-e-d mo very well."
"Liked, tho deuce! You know very
Closed the machine's big jaws on Mar
gery's shapely fingers,
well that I lovo you with all tho
emphasis that can be ascribed to that
feeling. Why, my heart gets right
up into my mouth every time I soo
you with another man, and I havo a
thousand fool thoughts embracing des
perate suggestions such ns sulcido
and avowed cynicism. Margery, I am
tired of it. I want to know right now
whether you lovo me or not."
"Oh, Duke," exclaimed Margery in
a quick volco, "I think tho shop man
is coming in."
"Shop man bo hanged! I am not
minding him or any other man just
now. Margery, do you love me?"
"Mr. Esmond, I know somo ono Is
"Yes, so there is, some time, but
not just now. Oh, Margery, dear
Margery," ho said, going close to hor,
"lovo me, won't you? Please lovo
me. You must lovo mo, for you soo
I am holding your two hands."
"Mr. Esmond, I command you to
relcaso mo this moment."
"Margery, woro wo ono, I might
obey your commands."
"My sweet Margery!"
"This is ungallant, to say tho least
"Is it? I thought it merely strategic.
You know I lovo you so much, and I
am going to kiss you this moment,
unless you tell mo you lovo me."
"You wouldn't daro, Mr. Esmond."
"Indeed, I would. Now, do you
"Oh, thero Is somo ono coming."
"I think you aro mistaken. Tell mo
quickly, do you lovo mo?"
"N-o!" after a moment's hesitation.
Duke leaned forward and kissed hor
on each cheek, as sho dodged from
sldo to side. Then ho quickly re
leased tho screw of tho vise, and al
lowed Margery to withdraw her
fingers. For a moment sho turned
upon him a dignified look of roproach,
then a smllo stolo over her features.
Duko seized her hands.
"You do lovo mo, Margery, do you
not?" ho pleaded.
"C course I do, Duke. Haven't
you kuown It all tho time?"
"Then why did you say just now
that you did not?"
"Because you had said you would
kiss me, if I said no."
Thero was a sudden embrace, and
as Margery's head rested on Duke's
shoulder, sho whispered into his ear:
"Do you know, my hands wero not
fastened in tho vise at all? I could
havo withdrawn them easily."
"I know it, sweetheart."
"You mean old thing!" rang In
Duke's ear; but ho smothered further
utteranco with a kiss.
LIBERTY WAS STILL FAR OFF.
Poet's Move for Freedom Only Made
Prof. H. V. Hllprecht, the noted As
syrlologlst of tho University of Penn
sylvania, was describing ono of tho
first excavations of Nippur. Ho told
of a certain digging that had ended In
failure, and illustrated his disappoint
ed over tho failure in this way:
"My disapointmont was as great as
that of a young French poet of whom
I heard during my vacation.
"This poet was stopping at a 'Dl
nnrd' pension, and certain expected
remittances did not reach him. Henco
ho could not pay his bill.
"Week after week ran on. The land
lord would not let tho poet leave till
his account was squared, and, since ho
was penniless, to squaro his account
was an impossibility. Henco he de
cided to flee secretly.
"Late ono night, when all was dark
and still, tho poet lowered his mod
est littlo trunk out of a rear window
by a rope. Ho proposed to descend
tho rope afterwards himself. And at
tho prospect of freedom his heart
"But imagine his disapointmont, as
tho trunk reached the ground, to hear
tho landlord's voice call up to him:
"'All right. I've got tho trunk
Now Jet go of tho rope.' "
"Has Miss "Wealthy at last consent
ed to listen to him?"
"Yes. He told mo that ho found her
very Interesting. Of course that must
bo a figure of speech. Everybody
knows that courtship is mado up of
sweet nothings. By tho way, I wonder
what 'sweet nothings' aro?"
"Tho case you have just mentioned
gives a very clear example."
"I don't quite see how."
"Havo you a pencil and a piece of
"Well, set down tho figures '$1,000
"Thero you have It."
"First you havo tho dollar mark."
"Next comes the figure ono."
"Well, what follows aro the sweef
Tho Rev. Dr. W. S. Itainsford told
tho other day of an opponent of ritual
ism in tho Episcopal church who took
his littlo daughter to a "high" church
for tho first time. Tho littlo girl had
been attending a very "low" church,
whore a vested choir was a thing un
known, and whon tho troop of littlo
boys in long white robes appeared at
tho processional, the child could not
"Oh, papa," sho shrieked, "look at
all thoso boys in nightgowns! Do they
sleep here all tho time, and whore is
tho bath they aro going to?" Now
Knew His Business.
"Yes," acknowledged tho woll-drossec
man, I havo a very good Income, but
I do not feel ablo to keop an auto
mobile." "But I am sure I could Interest you,"
argued tho denier. "A man who has
tho money you aro said to havo suro
ly ought to afford a good touring ma
chine." "No; I'd loso too much on tho re
pairs. You see, my incomo arises
from a couplo of auto repair shops
was lucky enough to start a year ago."