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to 'call youf down. You didn't look
like the others to .-me at first, but I
gee you're all alike."
1 "All who?" asked Piatt
"All you buyers. You think be
cause we girls have to go out to din
ner with -you or lose our jobs that
you're privileged to Bay whatyou
please. Well, forget it I thought
I you were different -from the others,
but I see I was. mistaken.?
Piatt struck his fingers on the
table with a gesture of sudden, illum
"I've got it!" he exclaimed, almost
hilariously "the Nicholson place,
ovenm the north side. There's a big
grove of live oaks and a natural lake.
The old house can be pulled down
and the new one set further back."
"Put out your pipe," said Miss-
Asher "I'm, sorry to wake you up,
but you fellows might as well get
wise, once for, all, to where you stand:
I'm supposed to go to dinner with
you and help jolly you along so you'll
trade with 6ld Zizzy, but don't expect
.. to find mo-in any of the -suits, you
"Do you mean to tell me," said
Piatt, "that you go out this way with
customers, and they all they all talk
to you like I have?"
"They all make plays,"vsaid Miss
Asher.. "But I must say that you've
got 'em beat in one respect. They
generally talk diamonds, while you've
actually dug one up.". .
"How long have you been working,
., "Got my name pat, haven't you?
' I've been supporting myself for eight
years. I was a cash girl and a wrap-
P .grown, and then.I-got to be a suit'
model. Mr. Texas Man, don't you
think a little wine would make this
dinner a little less dry?".
"You're not going to drink wine
-any more, dear. It's awful to think
how I'll come to the store tomor
row and get you. I want you to pick
out an automobile before we leave..
That's all we need to imjr here." .
"Oh, cut that out If you knew
how sick I am of hearing such talk."
After the dinner they walked down
Broadway and came upon Diana's
little wooded park. The trees caught
Piatt's eye at once, and he must turn
along., under the winding walkbe
neath them. The lights shone upon
two bright tears in the model's eyes.
"I don't like that," said Piatt
"What's the matter?"
"Don't.you mind,." said Miss Asher.
"Well, it's because well, I didn't
didn't think you were that kind when
,1 first saw you. But-you ate all alike.
And now will you take ne home, or
will I have to calL a cop?"
, Piatt took het to the door of. her
boarding house. They stood for a
minute in the vestibule. She looked
at him with such scorn in her eyes
that.eren Jiis heart of oak began to
waver. His arm. was half way abound
her waist when she struck him a
stinging blow on the face with her
open hand. . . -
As he stepped back a ring fell from
somewhere and bounded on the tiled
floor. Piatt groped for, it and
found it --."
"Now, take your useless diamond
and 'go, Mr. Buyer," she said.
"This waa.the other one thewed
ding ring," said the Texan, holding
the smooth gold band on the palm of
his hand. -
Miss Asher's eyes blazed upon him
in the half darkness.
. "Was that what you meant? did
you " "
Somebody opened the. door from
inside the house.
"Goodnight," said Piatt "I'll see
you at the store tomorrow."
Miss Asher ran up to her room and
shook the school teacher until she
sat up in bed ready to scream "Fire I"
"Where Is it?" she cried.
"That's-whatl want to know," said
the model. "You've studied geog
raphy, buna, and you 'ought to
know. Where is a town called Cao
Cac Carac Caracas City, I think
they call it?" -
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