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than had been expected. He hadJ
sent word, but he had arrived be
fore his own letter. So he had
strolled quietly in.
He saw the rooms brilliantly
lighted, but, when he entered the
hall, none of the guests knew him.
He knew some of them for the
flashy, shabby characters that
they were; but this quiet man,
with the hair slightly gray over
the temples who was he? No
body cared. They were dancing
no longer, but whispering and
gossiping in the drawing rooms,
and loitering near the conserva
tory. Somebody had told them
that Rizzi and Lady Rensley
Then Rensley entered the con
servatory alone. And Lady Rens
ley, seeing him, drew back with a
frightened catch of the breath,
and Rizzi, knowing him, rose to
his feet and stood looking at him
defiantly, with folded arms.
"Pardon me for interrupting,"
said Lord Rensley. "Baron Rizzi?
Yes? Pray what is it you so ur
gently desire of Lady Rensley
that you go down upon your
knees to her?"
Since he did not answer Rens
ley turned to his wife.
"My dear, is it in our power, or
is it your desire to grant this gen
tleman what he is asking?" he
"No," she flashed out in her be
Rensley took Rizzi by the arm.
"My dear fellow, you shall have
your five hundred pounds," he
said in a loud voice which carried
jto those, waiting outside. "But I j
wish you had asked me instead
of my wife." He turned to the
guests. "Gentlemen, ray car
riages are at your disposal," he
said. Then he led Lady Rensley
through the ballroom to her pri
vate apartment. Under the win
dows the cowed guests were
streaming out into the grounds.
Lady Rensley tapped hef fin
gers upon the table.
"I want to tell you one thing
before we part," she said. "I have
never given you reason to be
ashamed of me. I have kept my
" Lord Rensley took her hands in
"But I have not kept mine," he
said. "Edith, let my faith in you
be the proof of my love. Will you
give me a chance to show its real
ity?" That broke her pride; she cried
then, in his arms.
"I've been a fool," he said; but
she laughed through her tears
when he put back the engage
ment ring upon her finger.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
TO THE POINT
The professor was delivering
the final lecture of the term. He
dwelt with much emphasis on the
fact that each student should de
vote all the intervening time pre
paring for the final examinations.
"The examination papers are
now in the hands of the printer.
Are there any questions to be
Silence prevailed. Suddenly a
voice from the rear inquired :
"Who's the printer?"