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Most of them would have to work
for a living. Most of them to
my novel-fed mind were dull
and stupid arid insipid.
"I did ndt want an average
young man. I wanted a prince
or a millionaire, which, in Amer
ica, is the same thing as a prince.
"So I scorned all the boys and
young me.n at the business col
lege, as I had scorned those in
my father's home, while they fed
my dreams with new fuel, because
they himg around me a'nd paid
tribute to my beauty.
"That was the state of rnmd I
was in when the ,day came for the
choosing of the ten most beauti
ful girls in Cincinnati for the
opening of the Courthouse Sav
ings Bank in July, 1907, c
J'The idea was- an advertise
ment for the bank, of course; The
ten most beautiful girls Were to
line up in the bank's corridors and
pin flowers in the buttonholes of
the men who camein to see the
"It was a pretty advertising
stunt for the newspapers. It was
so pretty it led to my eternal dam
nation, because I "was chosen as
one of the ten most beautiful gjrls
"I dressed myself in my pret
tiest gown that day, and I was all
excited because public tribute was
to be paid to my beauty. "
"And itwas there that Jeff Liv
ingston first spoke to me.
"I saw him coming, 'and, of
course, I knew who he was.
Everyone in Cincinati knows Jeff
Livingston. Isn't he a million
aire? Isn't he the most eligible
bachelor in the city? Isn't fye well
known in spotting circles?
Wasn't he once talked of for
mayor? Wasn't he one of the di
rectdrs of the bank?
"So when I saw him, and recog
nized him, I ran in front of an
other girl so I might have the
honor of pinning a flower in HIS
coat. He stopped to let me do it,
and looked at' me keenly.
f 'How young and beautiful
you- are,' he said. . -
"I fejt the blqod rush-into my
face. I fejt myself grow1 hot all
oven Was this not something
after the maftrjer in which all
modern romances started? Was
U not possible that I, the schoql-
gjri, woum capture jerr juivmg
ston, the millionaire banker and
"I went back to my place in the
line with burning cheeks and
heaving bosom. My thoughts
were in a tumult. The girl next
to me laughed.
"'Why, what's" the matter
Madeleine ?' 'she asked. 'Did "Mu
Livingston scare you?'
"Sqare mef I only wish he had:
"Livingston went into the di-.
rectors room of theTaank and was
closeted with qthers there for
some time I think they were
opening champagne in celebra
tion of the opening of the bank.
"When he came out about an
hour later his face was flushed.
"He stopped in front of me.
'"Little girl,' he said, 'how
would you like to take my auto
mobile for the afternoon ?
" 'Oh, I'd love to,' I said, and