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AN ARTIST'S MODEL
A Pretty Face Makes a Pretty
Picture and Causes a
Jeannette Dupre's face attract
ed to the observer's eye at once.
It bore an expression of girlish
and expectant beauty, full of hope
'and longing for the ideal.
So she looked to Roland De
laine, the artist, one day, when
he walked abroad. As she dis
appeared in a crowded street car,
Delaine turned and sighed, as
does a hungry man, hungry for he
knows not what.
"Hello, Delaine," said Scott,
taking the artist's hand in a firm
clasp. "Why that sigh? Isn't
business good this season?"
"Yes. "I am doing fine. Have
an order from old moneybags
Gavins for a painting represent
ing 'Love.' Queer, isn't it, as he
is a bachelor?"
"Have you started it yet?'
"No. Do you know the girl in
white who just got on the car?"
"Yes. Why do you ask?"
"I'd like her for my model in
the new picture. She would, make
a good one."
"So she would splendid ! She
is my guardian's daughter, Col.
Dupre. Her father is dead, and
her mother is dependent upon
her. It will help them wonder
fully. Be at the club at 7 and we
will go to the house."
You may be sure Delaine did
not neglect the appointment.
"Oh, I could never be a model'
protested Jeannette, when De
laine made his offer. But Scott's
arguments induced her to relent.
' "Well, how's the picture?" ask
ed the gruff voice of a man at the
little studio door. Jeannette
shuddered. It was the first time
anything harsh or worldly had
come into this little sanctuary,
where art and beauty reigned.
"Come in, Mr. Gavins. The.
picture is growing in size and
beauty," said Delaine.
Mn Gavins' gaze soon left the
canvas and rested full upon Jean
nette. "Miss Dupre, Mr. Gavins," sard
Delaine, quite formally.
"And so this is the original 'of
yonder picture?" said Gavins. "I
would rather have it than the can
vas." "You cannot have both, and
the picture is contracted for,"
said Jeannette, trying to be pleas
ant. It was with "relief that she
noted his departure, after a short
stay, during which he sought to
display an interest in her.
Jeannette was at the last sit
ting for the "Love" picture. A1
comradeship had sprung up be
tween the artist and his model,
clouded only by the awkward at
tempts of the millionaire to in
gratiate himself with the pretty
girl. That she had scoffed at,
coojy rejected, the gifts of flowers
and trinkets he had sent her
seemed only to increase his ardor.
But the love light so necessary
for the picture had brightened to
the supreme satisfaction of the