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WHEN ALL. WAS-DARK
It was the first time Reginald had
even been to a,masked ball, and, al
thought usually of a quiet disposition,
the spirit of the evening filled hint
with Bprightliness. Espying a glim
mer o'f jwhitein a.very shadowy cor
ner, he determined not to lose the
opportunity of-cultivating Cupid's ac
Noiselessly he approaclvcd the fair
unknown, and, slipping behind her,
kissed- her almost before she. was
aware.of his presence. t
"How dare you?" she shrieked
crossly. "You forward "boy! You
oughtXO know better, sirrah!"
Pardon, mey' he bluffed readily,
Bteppirig out into the light, "I thought
you were my sister!"
There was a. moment's hesitation
on the part of the masked maiden;
just one .moment's.
" "Silly chump!" she snapped. Then,
stepping into thet light beside him:
iSP1! jNbOfBV-aoMV,!' (
k WmSL l AitiO VOUR. FAT J
3Sli . V rtECK. 3UOAS
"I'm pleased to meet you. Did I
understand that your name is Misq ,
"Have you lived here very long?"
"Where do you work,?"
"I'm employed in a 'broker's of
"Stenographer, I presume?"
"Mother and father living?"
-'"That's your Own complexion, I
"Do you make your own dresses?
"I never was so insulted in my life
What do you mean by asking me
such a lot of personal questions? And1
at our first meeting, 0.0!"
' "I'm sorry 14 1 have offended youf
but you see I might pass you on the
street some day when I'm walking
with my wife. -If I should speak tor
you, these are only a few of the gues?
tiohs she'll ask me about jrdii, .and
I'd like to be able to answer themf
0 to '
THEY FELL FOR IT
The old, old place-the smoke
room of a commercial hotel. ( ft-esem
the old, old group of Jolly bagmen.
"Did you hear that story abotrfc
288?" asked the youngest present,
without "the suggestion of a smile. t
"No. Wliat.fs it?" from the sedate
middle-aged party in the corner!
"Ah!" came the' reply. "If you've
not hearjd it, I can't repeat it. It's too
gross top gross entirely!"
"OiC nonsense!" remarked the, ,
M.-Afparty. "I don't mind that, and
I should like to hear the yarn."
The youngest looked around the
room hopefully, and pa'ysed a mo
ment ere replying. Then he blurted
out the dreadful truth. . "
-"Well," he chuckled, "144 is one
gross, and 288 is two gross! Good,
evening, -gentlemen!" '