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A LESSON JlLq'VEL '
r By Cecille Langdoh.-
( Copyright; hy W. G."'Cfiapman-)
"It would take a' wise.ghT to fool
ine,"4 boasted Harold Mercer. "You
money and position is beset 'with, the
traps "'and allurements of the co
quette; and the averageUwoman, in
ihy experience, is a selfish, sordid
creature.!" V: .'"K i
"While I. entirely disagrefr-with you,
and beg 'leave .to remind you otour
estimable' 'sister,-- Lucy,'lretbited his
friend, Dale:'Burton,. "wiatTs 'the es-
. "Friend Lucy.-
pecial cause of this outbreak-at the
present time, may I ask?"
"Just this," explained Harold. "We
are going, to summer for-.two greeks
at EleasanLLake. Lucyunsists that
we shall seek out her friend", a Miss
, -Etta,Mbrris": Betweeh,you-and me, if.
the young-lady, in questiori-is one-half
the-angeUc being Lucy.1 paints her, I
shall begin to think. I have really'met.
my fate at .last. I!ve.sjeen her por
trait, and. I. am going toldetermineif
'there is one woman in, the world who
really cares-for a man for himself1
"As how, now?" propounded Dale',-'
"I have a simple plan. It is an old.
one, I will admit, but it is results I am "
after: Nothing would please Lucy bet-,
ter than to have this Miss Morris for
a sister-in-law.' Nothing' would give
me more delight than to find' a real,
genuine-hearted, girl who thought
more of love than dollars. Without
letting either of them know it, we will
exchange identities. You shall be
HarpldjMercer, the gentleman of leis
ure, the heir to, the? Mercer fortune.
Iwill become 'Dale Burton."
"Poor, but deserving,, and all that!'
finished Dale with, a laugh. "Oh,
come!now, Harold, you can't think
seriously of carrying out this ridicu
lous idea. Whyj we enter the arena
asxpretended rivals! What if; well,
suppose the girl should take a real
fancy to-me, what will Lucy say?"
"We won't lt it'go that far; if w.e
find you are' tie lucky suitor," ex
plained Harold, a trifle disturbed.
., He was- a. pretty fair-sort of a fej
jow, but he. had an exaggerated idea
of the power of money. -It was true
that' scheming maids had been daz
zled with his prospects. For all that,
there were more true hearts in the
world than her dreamed of, t and, as
Dale" expressed it; to himself; Harold
deserved "a good taking down at the
hands of some smart, sensible girl."
.. When the two young men arrived
at Pleasant Lake next day,- Dale Bur
ton, was the brother of Miss -Morris'
dearest friand. Hertbeauty and at
tractiveness were a revelation to Har
old. Only for a moment her magnetic
eyes rested upon him, and his soul
was. forever under their thrall.
Then with a few words that, made
Harold wihcer as, to her pleasure 'at
meeting "the fiance of her dearest
friend," Miss Morris turned to wel
come tie pretended brother of Lucy
' 'WeIL'?' yawned Harold, .dismally,