'MAJI PROPOSES, BUT
By H. M. Egbert.
'(Copyright, by W. G. Chapman.)
"Why, yes, anybody could open
those machines," said Frank
Meath to Marjorie. "You seej
you take a piece- of ordinary pic
ture wire and bend it; then you in
sert the lopp in the lock and feel
for the wards, and then " .
"Frank, you haven't been'pil
ferfng from automatic slot ma
chines !" declared Marjorie, look
ingat him severely. "
"Of course not, Marjorie. But
what I' mean is, anybody, could.
'.You see, the principle of the lock
is" . "
. "Marjorie turned away to hide
the ttembling of her lips. It was
not all mirth, either, that she was
trying to conceal, for a very little
might have brought tears into her
eyes just then. You see, they
were standing- before an auta
matic machine at Coney Island,
and by inserting a. penny only a
single'penny it was possible to
obtain a photograph of your fu
ture husband or wife according to
which slot you made use' of. And
Marjorie had gone out wjth
Frank; for nearly two years. And
only the week before his salary
had been raised to twenty-five hy
;the Elselsior Safe Company.
' Had she known it, "liowever,
Frank Meath's apparent preoc
cupation in the mechanism of the
automatic slot machine was due
to intense timidity. Fdr he Had
taken Marjorie td Coney with the
firm determination to ask her the
question which he had been want
ing to ask ever since their first
meeting. And he had , almost
screwed his determination up to
the point of doing so when well,
if went put of his finger tips and
he began talking about locks in
stead. ( t
For wlleh. he Jooke'd at her, in
her neatly fitting blue gownand
her hat framing, a-petty iace set
in an aureble ofcfair hair, he just
H ni toy wJI 0 II gjjg
W ill Fm.
They Walked by the Sad Sea Waves.
felt like a worm. He was sure
nobobdy could have the courage
to ask Marjorie.' In his mind he
had almost consigned her to eter
nal spinsferhood, simply because
the days when archangels came
down to wed the daughters of
men were over.
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