' A GAME OF HEARTS
By Alice E. Allen.
"Sudden move this visit of
yours, isn't it, ISue?"
In front of -the hall mirror, Miss
Susanne Graham struggled with
a refractory brown veil surround
ing a jaunty brown hat. Sue was
bewitching in brown. Mr. Rob
ert Mason, hat in hand, watched
the veil-tying process with undis
"Not altogether," said Sue.
"Kate's been writing for weeks
could you tie this knot, Bob?"
Sue turned and Bob went lazily
toward her. "There is a knot,
Sue," he said fumbling with the
veil-ends. "I could help you tie
any time you're ready."
"Thanks," said Sue briefly. She
laughed over her shoulder at him
as he held her coat. The next in
stant, "Bob !" she cried indignant
ly, "how dare you ? You've muss
ed my hair, too."
"Sorry," said Bob, "about your
hair. A man wouldn't be worthy
the name who didn't embrace
such an opportunity, Sue."
"I'm not an opportunity," said
Sue, fastening her glove. "I do
wish, Robert, you wouldn't call
"There are names," said Bob
significantly, "quite worthy even
your attention, Susan. There's
one a small one that ever since
I saw you I've been particularly
anxious to call you "
"Yes?" said Sue with languid
interest, as Bob held the street
door open for her. "I've heard
you mention it, I think. And it
(would seem moie becoming,
somehow, not to jest on so serious
'You must set me a better ex
ample then, dear," said Bob,
quietly. They were walking rap
idly toward the station. In one
hand Bob carried a suitcase In
the other was a brown umbrella.
Over one shoulder were a pair of
small snow-shoes and a kodak.
Sue glanced up, then saw fit to
change the subject. "If you could
see yourself, Mr. Robert Mason'
"I can see you." said Bob, im
perturbably, "and that's quite
enough to satisfy any ordinary
"I'm not six feet two of mascu
line strength and elegance, cum
bered by innumerable feminine
belongings," said Sue.
"No," agreed Bob. ".But as
you give me so good a chance, I'll
tell you what you are "
"Suppose you defer it," sug
"There isn't time," agreed Bob.
"It will require a lifetime to do
the subject justice."
.Sue flashed him an adorable
glance. "I was about to say," she
said demurely, "when I found all
I had to carry, at first I was in
despair. Then I thought of
"Do it often, will you, Sue?"
"Think of me and send for
"Bob," said Sue. "I really think
that's why I'm going away."
"Sue?" in that one word Bob
asked a dozen questions.
"Yes," said Sue, slowly. "That
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