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TEN YEARS AFTER
By Harold Carter.
Everybody on board the ship
thought that Lord Alwyn and
Signora Pa'squale would be en
gaged before the vessel sighted
Sandy Hook. Their acquaintance
began at the-captain's table on the
first day; on the second, since the
intermediate passengers were all
Watched the Long Streak of
seasick, Lord Alwyn took the
chair next to the opera singer;
thereafter they appeared to be in
Separable. "A good match it will be, too,"
the gossips said, as they plied
their knitting needles. "He's the
head of one of the oldest families
in England, and they say his in
come's a quarter of a million dol
lars. Isn't it strange he hasn't
been snapped up yet! Why, he
must be thirty-five."
'And she's eight and twenty if
she's a day. They say all London
was crazy over her last season.
Such a talented young woman,
and perfectly 'irreproachable !'
You can't say as much about all
those singers. Why, the Duchess
of Eastbourne took her under her
wing and introduced her every
where. I was reading an account
of her life ; it reads like a romance.
Her father was just an ordinary
American, and she saved up and
went to Italy, and there she was
adopted by a rich count, or some
thing of the sort, who made her
his ward and left her his fortune
on condition that she would
change her name."
"What was her name?"
"Oh, Smth or Jones or Robin
son something very ordinary. I
wonder when he's going to pro
pose." But neither of the lovers ever
dreamed that they were the sub
ject of universal gossip aboard.
Absorbed in one another, they
leaned over the ship's rail and
watched the long streak of foam
glistening in the moonlight in the
wake of the "Albania."
They had not much to say on
that evening, for the realization
of his love for the beautiful singer
had come to the Englishman quite
suddenly, and when it was too
late to withdraw. He felt that he
must tell her now, because it
would be easier for her and for
himself, too ; things had gone too
far for that merely friendly fare
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