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By H. M. Egbert.
Bill Alderson was the most cheer
ful mortal .that ever existed. Of
course he ought to have been cheer
ful, for his father, old 'Colonel" Al
derson, had left him three million dol
lars in stocks and bonds and noth
ing to worry about. The income he
managed to spend comfortably, and
ho was always surprised when Sharp
& Sharp told him that there was a
"Income or Principal, Mr. Alcfersqn?"
deficit on the last year's revenues
and that he must retrench.
"Of course," the senior partner
would add, "if you prefer it we can
sell some of those H. and K. bonds for
you and make up that way, besides
providing you with a few thousands
in hand. But you understand that
this will curtail your capital.
"Sell H. and K," Alderson would
answer. "I must pay my creditors,
It was not that he was extrava
gant; merely that he had never been
trained to the use of money. His
father had lavished all on him with
out restraint. Himself a spendthrift,
and the cleverest gambler on the
Street, he liked to encourage the
prodigal habits in his only son, whom, v
since his wife's death, he had wor
shiped even more than he had loved
the excitement of high finance. When
he had taught Bill that money was
worthless he meant to show him how
to make as much as he wanted.
But "Colonel" Alderson died very
suddenly, when his son's education
was only half completed. Perhaps
this was fortunate for the boy's char
acter, but it was certainly more lucky
for his friends.
Naturally he had many enemies, as
all men have who go through life be
stowing favors on the less fortunate.
And he never knew it, because he was
the most light-hearted person living.
He believed the best of everyone, arid
he went through the Fifth avenue
and Madison avenue (and Grammer
cy Park) drawing rooms like a bull in
a china shop. His manners were not
faulty, but his tact was not so well
developed as his honesty and high
mindedness. Now take the way in which he be
came engaged to Miss Hargreaves.
Louise Hargreaves was the belle of
the s'eason, as she had been that of
the preceding two, and. they had
known each other for ages. Dozens
of men had offered her their hearts
and hands, and she had sent them
away so reluctantly and had kept
their secrets so sacredly that they re
mained her devoted friends. About
the only person of suitable age whom
she had not led'captive was Bill. Nat
urally Miss Hargreaves waspiqued.
Once, when he had given her some
gardenias, he saw her, an hour after
ward, dancing, and she was wearing,
not gardenias, but red roses. Thfs did
not pique William at all; it interested
"Why aren't you wearing' those.