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THE DAILY SHORT STORY
j4 His Lordship.
- "If I were a man," declared
'Molly with intense conviction,
STd be a reporter and nothing
else. Billy, aren't you glad
you're poor?" '
"Well, I suppose one could be
a reporter and have money, tpo,"
suggested Billy, "although I
never heard of one. It isn't all
beer and skittles, though. Evans,
the city editor, told me today he
wasn't satisfied, and that if I
didn't make good on this Kilmar
tyn assignment, he wouldn't an
swer for what would happen."
"Do you mean Lord Kilmar
tyn?" asked Miss Benson.
"Yes. The one they say is fol
lowing an American heiress ev
erybody is guessing about. Do
you know hun?"
"We met him last year in Scot
land," replied Molly, looking the
other way. "What do you mean
by 'making good' with him?"
"Mainly finding out the name
of the girl," said Billy.
Then they talked of other
His lordship arrived on sched
ule time and proved the same
enigma the London correspond
ents had found him. Billy Ander
son, like the others, went back to
Jhis office and wrote half a column
hi mildly entertaining stuff about
the titled Englishman's appear
ance and peculiarities; then
-watched anxiously for the rival
papers next morning to find if he
had been "scooped." He had not.
No paper contained anything
more than a wild guess about the
identity of the young lady.
It was the next afternoon when
Anderson sent his card up to
Kilmartyn's suite. It was a vain
hope; but to his intense surprise
he was admitted.
"You may be surprised at what
I am about to tell you," the Eng
lishman said to the reporter.
"But you are vouched for by a
mutual friend in whom I have the
utmost confidence. I learn, from
her that it will be of great per
sonal value to you if your paper
is a'ble to make the first an
nouncement of our engagement
Am I right?"
"Ypu certainly are," said Billy.
"But who, please, is the kindly
"An ojd friend of-your family,
I Understand Miss Mary Ben
son."" "What ! You're going to marry
Mo" stuttered Billy. "You
apthorize me to announce your
engagement to Miss Benson?"
Then the reporter's instinct as
serted itself, and although all but
the newspaper lobe of his
brain was numb with the shock
he listened while the Englishman
gave him the details. Still in a
daze, he went back to his desk,
wrote the "story" and turned it in
to Evans. Eor once this digni
tary was jarred out of his sarcas
tic calm. "It's the best stuff
ever," he cried.
Then Billy went out. He
wanted air and time to think.
Half an hour later he. came-to
himself ith a start to find him
self on the uptown block where