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a weary tning tp court your pleasrires
by summers instead-pf by hours. "
Piggy needs but a word. When the
girls named him, au undeserving stig
ma waS'cast upon the npblefamilyof
swine. The words-of-three-letters
in the old blue spelling' book -bsegius.
with Piggy's" biography. He was fat;
he had the soul of a rat; the habits
of a bat, and the magnanimity of a
cat , . , He wore expensive, clothes;
arid was a connoisseur in starvation.
He could look at a sh.op girl and tell
ypii to an hour hpw long it had been
since she had eaten anything more
nourishing than marshpiallows and
tea. He hung about the phpping dis"
tricts, and prowled around W depart
ment stores-wits his nyitatonp to
dinper, Men who escort -dpgsf uppn
the5 streets at te end pf a" string
look down uppn him: tie is atvpe;
I can 'dwell uppn WnTno longer; iny
pen is pot the kin;dshitepdedfpr hjn;(
i am no carpenter.
At -10 niinuteg to ' T Dqlcie was
ready. She looked at herself in the
wrinkly piirrar. The ruction was
satisfactory. Th,e dark bliie dress,
fitting withpUt a wrinkle, the hat with
its- 'jaunty black s feather,- the but?
slightly-spiled gloves all "represent
ing sejf -denial," even of food itself
were vastly becoming. '
Pulcie forgot everything else for
a momentf except" that she-was beaur.
tifut and that life was about tp yft,
a dorper of its'myterous yei for her
to observe its wonders- Np'-geniie-man
haj) everasjked her-opt before..
Npwsfie Wa"s;gping for a brief -moment
into the glitter and exalted
show, ) r
The' girls said that Piggy was" a.
''spender," There would be agrand
dinner, and music; and splendicjty
dressed ladies to look at, and things,
to eat that strangely twisted' the girls'
jaws when they tried to tell about
the'nV Ip dbibt sltfc wpuld 'be asked
There -was a bine ppngee suit in
'a window that she ktfew-b'y" saying
'20 cents a week-instead'oMQ; in-.
let's gee Qh, wpirfd run into years !T
But there was a second-hand store"
in Seventh avenue where &
-''Somebody -knocked at the dpor.
Dplcle ppeped it: The landlady stood1'
there with a-spurious smile, sniffing
for cppking'by stolen gas.
"A gentleman's downstairs to see
you;" she said. "Name is Mr. Wig1--gins."'
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By such epithet was Piggy knpwn
tplmfgrtungte ones who'had to take'
him seriously; " '
Dulcje txuned tcr the' dresser to-get"
hep -handkerchief; and' -then' 'snei
stopped s'till,-ancf rbifc her unq"er lip
-fcarcj.- 'Whjle Ippkirig in "her 'niirrpr
she has seen fairyland and herself,
a princess; 'jqst awakening fronTa
long slumber, She had forgotten one
that was atcbjn IjeiC with' sad,
beautiful, stern eyes-the only one
there was to approve or condemn
Iwpat she did. Straight and slender
an0-tah with a look -of sorrowful Te
pfpacfc on JnVhandspme, pieJanchoV
face, Gen. iKtchaner fixed' his wori-
derful eyes op her" out of bis gilt
photograph; frame on the. dresser.
- Dulcje turned lip "an sjtfomatic
doll tQfthe,Jandlady. - '
"Tel hiin I pah't "go;'' she said
fluljy, ''Tell hipti'msicfo- or soipe
ihing, Tell him Vva np.t going'out.'
After-the dbpr was closed an'd kck-
edf Dulcle feJJ upon her bed, crushing
qbt piftujt viy, aim uifou tyr u uuii
ijtes.' .Gpp .Kitchener was her- pply
friepd; fie was Dulcie's' ideal' of '&
gallant- jtnijght. He looked as if he
migt have a secret sorrow,- and hk
wonderful mustacjie was a dream;
and she was a' little afraid of that
stern yet tender loqk inhiseyes. She
used to 'Have" little fancies that he
would call at the -house sometime,
and ask for her, with his sword clankV
ing against his high boots. Once,
when a boy' was rattling, a piece of '
chain against a lamp-post" sheJiad
opened the -indow and looked out.
But there 'was po use, She knew that
GenrKitchener svas away: over in
'Japan, 'leading his army' against the
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