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were young and simple7 then, and
both knew that they were madly
in love with each other, v And
young Mr. Jones had asked h.er to
Can a girl love two men at the
same time? Perhaps Lottie really
loved neither. She was -very fond
of slow, easy-going Joe, but this
was ..-.different. Joe soon discov
ered where she spent these even
ings. Once he waited for her out
side the restaurant and would
have made a sceneMiad not Lbt
tie managed to calm him. That
night young Mr. Jones asked Lot
tie to marry immediately.
"Not unless your mother and
father are willing' said Lottie.
Poor, simple Lottie! Here she
was practically refusing the only
son of a millionaire, and just out
of foolish principle. But that was
the way in which she had been
trained. Stay, though, how very
unprincipled .jt was to throw over
Joe, just for the comfort that,
young Mr. Jones could offer her!
She was sure now that she had al
ways been in love with Joe. But
eight years ago Lottie had not
been certain at all, and young Mr.
Jones, with his foolish face, had
possessed' an indescribable glam
or. He, had' altered a good deal
Anyway, her action was disas
trous for Joe, because he did just
the sort of thing his easy-going,
slow-moving mind would havfe
expected to suggest to him. He
shot himself in. the breast. The
doctors saved him, but the bullet
had injured the spine. Joe woijld
never go to his tally deskagairi
without two sticks to cupporjK
him, they said.
But Lottie did not know Joe
had been so foolish when she" ac
companied young Mr.. Jones to
his parents' hdus'e on the avenues
Young Mr. Jones had told" them
of his intention and they were
waiting for her. Lottie antici
pated a scene. But there was no
scene. Old Mr. Jones' shook her
i ,r" i 1 -- ?J .
nana warmiy anu saiu ;
"My dear, you are far too cap
able a young woman to throw
yourself away on a foolish boy
like Alfred, Look'at him. TJo you.
see the limited cranial index?
Meaning to say, don't you "per
ceive that you have hooke'd a bad
Old Mrs. Jones said: "The store
iVin my name, and if Alfred mar-
ries you he will get 'nothing. And
Alfred could never earn an honest
dollar in his life."
"I'll leajje it to Alfred," said
Lottie, and Alfred burst into
tears and knelt at mamma's knee;
and old Mrs: f&nes petted him
and caressed him, and Alfred did
not look up at Lottie. When she
had left the- room old Mr. Jones
stopped her in the hall.
"Will a couple of thousand dol
lars settle it, my dear?" he asked.
Lottie shook her head and -
walked out of the house, and for
weeks old Mr. Jones, lived in daily
! fear of receiving a lawyer's letter.
But it never-came, and he, never
saw Lottie again.
Lottie had stopped dancing
now and wasbowing 'to an ap
plauding house. The foolish
young.manjn'the second row was