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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 27, 1912, Image 18

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THE MARRYING OF PHILIPPA VOLTER
. Being a Short Account of an Episode in the Careers of an Ex-
citable Young Man, a Haughty Girl and a Grouchy Millionaire
stroke of apoplexy turned red
in the face, spluttered, choked,
but couldn't get a word out until
Jack had fully unwound himself.
"How dare you, sir?" he de
manded then. ,
"Don't you dare talk, back to
me," said Jack, "or I'll punch you
one. Then you'll die. You have
a weak heart from over-eating
and over-drinking."
This was perfectly true, but did
not add to the peace of the occa
sion. Volter summoned the but
ler, a gold-braided, aitchless per
son, and gave orders that Jack
was to be thrown out of the house
and never permitted to set foot in
it again.
Jack wasn't thrown out. He
walked out, breathing horrible
threats and imprecations. That
evening he went around to a little
cate, and ordered something to
.djink while he decided whether it
would be best to drown himself
in the lake, shoot himself, or hang
himself on Volter's porch, and
haunt the old man ever afte'r. By
the time most of the bottle -was
gone, he had an idea.
"By golly, I wont do any' of
these things. I'll marry the girl,"
he said aloud.
The man sitting opposite said,
"I beg your pardon;" but Jack
only snorted and glared. That
night and, the next morning he
made certain arrangements. In
' Jack Powers always was, an ex
3"citable young man. That's what
made his falling in love with Phil
ippa Vojter, daughter of the old
'multi-millionaire, so strange.
T?hilippa is as excitable as an ice
berg. They first met somewhere out
Vest', where Philippa had gone
xior her health not that there
. was anything the matter with
Phiiippa's health, but just that
'she wa'sthe daughter of a multi
1 millionaire, and privileged to go
Anywhere for her health.
Philippa was staying with a
female cousin of a cousin of Vol
ter's who was a cat. She wrote
zthe old man, and told him about
Jack Powers. Old Volter took a
f"special train, and disarranged the
time tables on three great rail
. roads erettinsr his daughter home.
Jack Powers followed, and in
"his subsequent interview with old
,' Volter, his excitability came to
xthe front in style.
, Volter told Jack that Philippa
as to marry an earl, or a duke,
or a count, or some other
monocled idiot the old man had
Acquired.
' "The dickens she is !' 'said Jack
Powers, arid drew a long breath,
and gave out his full, true and un-
in-idled opinion of Old Volter as a
rman and a father. Probably no
one ever had talked to Volter that
&ay before. He nearly had a
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