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see you zenew charttt is revealed,
and ze more anxious I become."
The Count's English might be,
punk, -tut t there was., no -question
he 'Could make a pretty speech.
Even Jiaughty. Virginia blushed.
"I musthave time' to "think 'it
over," she said.
-'"Zen," saitl Tthe vCount, 'in the
tone of one 'who lias' come' to a
decision only1 "after "heavy
thought, "T suppose- it' is neces
saif e that I grab you by ze Hair
and dra.g you away."
"What !" exclaimed1 Virginia.
""Is it not that' that is ze pro
paire way in America.?" 'inquired
the Count, lifting his eyebrows."
"No,"said Virginia, decidedly,
"it is not the propeF way? What
ever put sueh.-an- idea "into your
head?" , ,
''I inquired of-ze Jack Whipple,
and so he told me," explained the'
Count. - '
'Til talk to Jack Whipple the
next time X see him,", said Vir
ginia! r "Now Monsieur Le
Compte, 'I lilje you very much as
a friend, and- -"
The succeeding hour "was a
very happy one forthe Count. He
was happy even to be-near his
beloved and Virginia? Weir,
she promised-to "think it oyer."
"I shall await yourv thinking ,it
oyer in Chicago'' said the Cffunt,
as he was taking his leave. "And
when you have thought it over, I
shall proposeTagaih, and'then you
shall accept; ifii not?" . '
"Well, not quite that way,"
said Virginia, "but perhaps tint's
near ft. Comeandsee.me often;"
PJd Gross gaped when Vir
ginia told him about the Count's
intention of grabbing her by "ze
hair," and thenjhe laughed.
"By gum, I'm going to like thai
young man," he said. Then he
looked at his strong-willed, beau
tiful daughter. "There's no ques
tion he has courage," he finished.
Virginia had a peach of a time
in the next two 'months, and the
Count endured much. Virginia
kept herself surrounded by a
horde of admirers, and the Count
never got, a chance to get a word'
One fine June night", when Vir
ginia had given three dances
straight to a recent acquisition to
herstring,l the Count made his ,
excuses-to the hostage, and went
for a walk in Lincoln park.
He tramped up arid down for
quite a .long time, and at the end
he voiced--his conclusions alpu'd:
'T think," he said, "it is zatI
do not rnake ze big enough hus
tle. Tomorrow, I shall get ze
grand wiggle on."
Which showed how much the
Count had progressed in .the pre
vious, two months.
The next day he got his "wig-
gle" on, and was very busy all
forenoon.' In the afternoon, hej
called up Virginia.
'"I have ze important matter
which will not be delayed of
which I must talk to you," he
said: "When can L see you?"
"But " "began Virginia.
"I know," said the Count, "you
have ze s,o many engagements.
But 'what I want to say is more
important than ze engagements."