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George and Edith had no end of fun
out of him. Then George had to go
back, but he promised to run up
again for the week-end a while later.
And so Monsier Rambouche got his
day after all.
Now it's a singular fact, my dear,
theway our women's tastes run. Act
ually, after George had gone back to
New York Edith entered upon quite a
plantonic flirtation with "Monsieur
Rambouche. I suppose she felt that,
loving George, arfd therefore being
perfectly secure against a change of
heart, she might as well make the
most of her last days of liberty. But
those Frenchman certainly know how
to make love. And so well, one even
ing I was told that Monsieur had
.been seen depositing a "little piece' of
hair in a locket. And it was hair of
that dark, beautiful red such as was
never seen'qnjdne 'woman's head in a
thousand. vBiit Edithhad'that han
You say you're shocked? Well, I'm
- not now, because, when I thinks it
over I conclude thateMonsieur had
pleaded that his liearf was broken,
and that fie'd begged for it as' an
eternal memory of her and so she
snipped off a piece without thinking
and gave it to "him, just in a:spirit-of
deviltry. You know how Edith is But:
the next morning;ahfe.hadb.een -iryjiigj
ana mai aiiernppn-.iaw. nertaiiang
- very earnestly -to Monsieur- and.;-he
shook his-head and- chattered; and,
waved his;. hands and'-stalked away.
And tin vnTr Vnrar tho nrratnVt horl-
actually refused ta return-it! XL V '
I supposeithey.have a different code
iu rrauce. ,uw uiai ,yuu :ine
Monsieur actually had money of hisf;
own I can acquit him of the grosser
crime. Perhaps he was sincerely in
love with her and .showed it in his
own-fashion. But anyway, the upshot
,was, he told her that unless she mar-
ried him he would' write to George,
enclosing the memento, and then
there would be' a pretty price to pay.
Edith, flamed up then and told him
how utterably low he was. Monsieur
answered that she, had played with
his'heart before he knew she was en
gaged, and broken it, and nowheTvas" ,
going to show her how a frenchman
wiped out an insult of that sort. If
was a queers perverted pridedand
after all he was no coward. He did.
write to George, and sent him the;
hair,, and told him he was a coward'
and that he and Miss Edith had made'
him a laughing-stodk, and if George
would come over to Prance with him
he would show him how gentlemen, -settled
such matters in-his own coun
try. He offered to calL on him at his
home in New York, and, until vhe
heard from him, he would await his '
pleasure at Seal Harbor and he sign
ed himself his respectful servant. ,
Of course, in Monsieur's mind, that"
settled everything between ..George'
and Edith. And Monsieur, not dream
ing that George would come, was
taking their air upon the beach when
George Turner and Edith,came stroll
ing along, arm .in'arm. s
$t the sight of them Monsieur al-
most fainted. -Then lie stood up
tiravely and began to denounce. Edith
in unmeasured language', while she
:smiled'sc'6rnf ully at tiim and clung to
Gebrge's'arihl . ' -
: ' "You little-fool," said" George, when
he:had;fihished; 'we'doh'tyfight duels
in -thfs 'country aUd, anyway, if I did
fight- one: it; wouldn't, be with a fellow '
vwhV' betrays; a woman asryou have
do with, you?,? rm!gping:to 'leave you
plain., . . S," S
zpLOU don trunderstand," he st'am- 1
mered. "She. gave me her hair, this"
lady who is engaged to marry you!.
uon t you unaerstana now sue is
false, like all American women. Bien
it, sne does tnat -Derore marriage-
what will she do after? She is a flirt."'
He shot that word forth as though
it were the acme of insult and George
was so amused, ne. said afterward hei
hadn't-the heart to hurt-the little fel
low. Besides, everybody knew all