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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 14, 1912, Image 18

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GERTRUDE'S LOVERS
By Charles L. Doyle.
Gertrude Desborough, daugh
ter of old Merton Desborough,
the coal-oil millionaire, was at
tractive in more ways than one.
To begin with, she possessed an
enviable share of good looks and
a generous supply of common
sense. Naturally there were not
lacking suitors who cast longing
eyes on the heiress of the Desbor
ough millions, and of these Lionel
Wayne and Hugh Winslow were
the most favored Gertrude
showing perhaps a slight partial
ity for the former.
Wayne was a ready talker, al
ways entertaining and handsome
in what some people considered
a rather effeminate way, while
Winslow was reserved, self-possessed
and built on sterner lines
than his rival. Both moved in the
best circles, but neither was over
burdened with money. The
question that troubled Gertrude
was -whether it was her wealth or
herself which formed the princi
pal attraction for her admirers.
She cared nothing for the fact
that neither of the young men in
question was rich in this world's
goods, but she cared a great deal
to know whether their affection
was sincere or assumed.
In her heart she felt that
Wayne had. made a deeper im
pression on her than Winslow;
he was more outspoken and dash
ing in manner than his reserved
rival, whose attitude toward Ger
trude was almost reverential.
Still she hesitated, for one of her
most intimate friends had drop-1
ped a hint in her hearing to the
effect that Wayns was an unscru
pulous, calculating'fortune -hunter.
She did not believe the asser
tion, but it troubled her neverthe
less and left her in a doubtful
frame of mind. She had no moth
er to consult in the emergency, for
Mrs. Desborough had died when
Gertrude was in her infancy and
she shrank from asking her fath
er's advice in the matter.
But an event was scheduled to
occur which Gertrude had never
counted upon. To all outer ap
pearances her father had long ago
ceased to participate actively in
the strife of the -business" world
and was supposed to be living a
life of luxurious ease, regardless
of the fluctuations of the stock
market; so great was the girl's
surprise and consternation one
night when Merton Desborough
gravely informed her that a series
of unlucky speculations had re- -suited
in the loss of his large for
tune, and that they would be ob
liged to retire from the world of.
society wherein she had so long
reigned as an acknowledged belle
and hiress. Yet when the first
shock of the announcement had
passed away Gertrude's pride and
courage came to the rescue and
she threw her arms around her
father's neck and kissed him ten
derly. "Never mind me, papa," she
said, bravely; "as long as we have
each other it-does'n't matter. We
will be just as comfortable in a
quiet little home as in this big
house with all -its grand furnish
ings, and I can go to. work the

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