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gardenias Tgave you?" he asked her
"They faded," replied MissHar
greaves. "I think it must have been
the gaslight." (They still use gas in
some old houses in Grammercy
"I'll give you some more," said
Bill, and turned away quite satisfied
with his answer. But Louise Har
greaves laid her finger tips upon his
"Wait a minute," she said, almost-
-'humbly. "There's something I want-
to ask you. Why don't you like me,
William's eyebrows -went up with
"Why, I do," he answered bluntly.
"I-think the world of you, Louise. But
thought I hadn't a chance with so
many other chaps around:"
Louise Hargreaves turned as red
as her roses.
"I didn't ask you that, Mr. Alder
son," site exclaimed angrily. "You
really- are the most tactless man I
know," she added.
"I'm sorry, Louise," said Bill, peni
tently. "I wish you "would marry me,
though. Won't you?""
And because he took her by sur
prise though the unconscious initia
tive had been he'rs Miss Hargreaves
accepted him then and there. At the
time she had not the slightest inten
tion of marrying him.
From this it must not be inferred
that she was a coquette. 'She ac
cepted him because some primitive
instinct suddenly rose up' in her and
dominated her. She regretted her im-'
pulse all that night, and the next day
she regretted it still more, She wish
ed William Alderson were a thousand
miles away. She told him so when he
called to see, her, carrying a bouquet
That was symptomatic of Bill. He
had simply not recognized his defeat
in the trivial matter of the flowers.
So in the greater matter he listened
to her quite seriously.-
"Where do you want, me to xgo, x
dear?" he asked.
"You sit right down in jthat
chair," she answered, and planted .
herself upon the arm. "Now, Bill, I
want to be very serious with you. .
You are a very simple, straightfpr- .
ward person, and I am complex and
well, not serious. Sometimes 'rnyr.
heart seems quite withered." "
"That's because you keep it in the
gasligfit," answered Bill, not quite ,
knowjrig that he was making a mot.
She'looked hard at him and caught .
her breath. Somehow It was the most "
"pathetic. thing in the world to see him
sitting there, so happy, so slow to
"Bill," she said earnestly, "I don't
want to ruin a good man's life. And
you are good. I want you to make
me love you. I want you to dominate
Bill Alderson laughed so whole
somely 'that he did dominate;.her at
the moment. Then he took her in his
arms, and when he left he was -still'
That afternoon he went Tound to
see his lawyers. Sharp and .Sharp
were rogues. Old "Colonel" Alderson
had knowns that and it had amused
him, because he had them in his
power. He had meant to tell his son
about it, as he had meant to tell him
a great many other things before
Death intervened so unexpectedly,
"Mr. Sharp," said William to the
senior partner, respectfully, "how
much money have I got left?"
"Income or principal, Mr. Aider
son?" ask,ed Mr. Sharp, looking at
"I donft care," Bill answered. "I
want to know how much I can lay
hands upon." .
Mrv Sharp looked in his books and
answered: "A trifle over two mil
lions. You know you have been
breaking into your capital rather
freely during the last year, or two.
Why?" x - '
"Because I'm engaged to be mar- ,