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1 A MAIDEN PROMOTER
By Miss Miriam Cruikshank.
r Marian -Devenish settled her
Self in the big puffing red motor
and gave the long ends of her veil
a final tug. "I know you were
surprised, Gordon when I
Tphoned you my happiness de
'pended on a ride this afternoon,"
She said, "but I'll explain on the
"way to Morley."
3 k"Since your happiness is mine,
h'ttle girl," King answered, his
hand on the steering wheel,
''there is no occasion for explain
ing. I managed the office all
right Harden is a brick you
"know it was he who got this au
tomobile agency for me and the
xlay is just built for us. But why
Morley? You know we must
)ass through half a dozen) little
"dinky villages, each with a more
W less idiotic speed limit "
1 "Yes, I know, but, Gordon
"Marian leaned toward him and
her cheeks were pink "there's, a
'reason a practical reason don't
mile. You remember what
"father said about the money
'that last day"
"I'm not likely to forget."
King frowned as he turned the
car in the desired direction. "He
said he would never consent to
our marrying until my income
was $2,000 a year, and he knew
1my salary at Harden' s was only
$1,500. But you know, dear, if
I sell three cars within six weeks,
I have the agency permanently.
I have sold two, and Archer
lias as good as given me his word
'that he'll take the third he
wanted to talk the matter over
with his wife, which was natural,
but I fancy that's merely a form.
If I get the contract signed and
deliver the car at the end of the
week, I'll still have two days left
of my limit, and you and I "
"If you get it signed that's
just the point, Gordon. That con
tract has got to be signed by six "
o'clock this evening or I'm very
much afraid it never will be.
That's why we are going to Mor
ley now. This morning I was in
town shopping and I came out on
the noon train and sat directly
behind Clara Brook. She didnM:
see me, and I would not have rec
ognized her if I hadn't heard her
say something about an automo- f
bile to the woman who was with
her, and then maybe I-shouldn't
have but I just sat back and lis
tened. "It -seems that she has been
spending a couple of days with
her brother, and he has what she
described as 'a perfect peach of '
a car.' No, it wasn't this make,
but one tht is being boomed by
that horrid Ridge man, who I be
lieve is an ex-professional chauf
feur and an individual who is not
hampered by the instincts of a
gentlemanly agent. To cut the
story short, Clara and Archer will
be back at Morley Inn tonight,
and Ridge is coming to take them
for a moonlight spin. You know
what the roads are like around
Morley Clara is, wild with en
thusiasm, and if Archer hasn't al
ready pledged himself elsewhere,
he's liable to come found to her
way of thinking.1'
.You blessed little hustler,"