-A ROMANCE OF THE
The Result of a Stolen Kiss.
' IJ had gotten the" story from
Winkle himself, ancTit seems to
have' been a long distance affair
from the :starL It appears that
he hadfallen in love--with the
leading lady of the Liergraph Mo
tion Picture company, or rather
her picture, and had after tedi
ous "weeks qf maneuvering man
aged to get 'an jntroduction.
Things had run. smoothly for
him; he had alwayshada mag
netic sort of personality, and
'twasn't a very long time before
they were, engaged.
Then just as they were picking
out just what variety of feathers
they wished (they were going to
do light housekeeping) to feath
er their little nest with, the big
s'mastiup came. He smacked one
teeny little kiss from the lips'oi
her ma'id,or cook or somebody,
and she caught him at it, which
the same was some tough luck.
She -was very calm telling him
that he was a brazen faced scal
lawag, and afiickle, fiendish, fiend,
and ended up by hurling the en
gagemenfring at his, poor head.
She was very calm!
He came to me and poured out
his troubles in my sympathetic
(two question marks) ear, and I
did the fatherly act to' the best, of
I had half expected him to pro
ceed to drown his troubles in fer
mented grape, arid would 'have
known how to act in such an
emergency, but 'twas not to be.
He acquired but one lone bad hab
it, and that wa)s the moving pic
ture shows. He all-but lived in
them. I refused absolutely to
change my place of residence, and
so he went alone.
Conditions were thus for sorpe
time, until one night a couple
weeks later, when he drifted in-at
about l'2o'clock ' after a motion
picture carousal. I took him in
hand. "Look here," I exclaimed,
linking a'bunch t)f choice and
time honored adjectives, with his
cognomen. 'Grafr your duds and
take a trip to the mountains. You
miserable, skinny, love-sick dub;
get out of my place and' don't
come back till you' present a
silghtly 'more obese appear
ance " and a lot more.1-"
He didn't say anything, but
next morning .he packed his grip
and Y left bidding me-a solemn
I heard 'nothfng'of him" then for
'a matter of three of four months.
One Saturday he trooped back.
Placed above a, testimonial, his
phiz would have sold breakfast
food, it was that good-natured.
'And coming tip from the station
we oassed three picture shows,
with him not casting a- longing
glance at any 'one of them.
But he hadn't forgotten the
girl. Mercy nol He had seen her
picture, so he said, in some little
jay toton up country. He swore
that her lips at one place where
she was directly facing the audi
ence, mouthed the words; "Hen-
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