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AN ANGEL IN GLASS
By Harold .Carter. ,
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
Blair occupier 'a studio in an old
fashioned 'district of New York, at
the very, top of-the' lodging-house
where rooms could be obtained with
out board for sums varying from two
to- seven dollars weekly. Blair liked
the place because it was solitary, and
had stipulated that his room was not
to'be cleaned. There he established
"You Don't Understand."
himself with ninety-five dollars and
the paraphernalia of his trade.
He calculated that the money
would last him just long enough for
the completion of his great stained
glass window for the Church of the
Annunciation. The agreement was
for payment upon delivery, and Blair
knew that his first commission would
lead to many others. He had eight
weeks in which to complete the work,
and he had spent two sketching and
Dacing the floor, smoking 'innumer
able cigarettes while his ideas tool-;
form in his mind.
He could not fix the image of the
angel. His ideas, shadowy at fir? .
had -gradually crystalized into a vc -.
man's face that he had never sec-..
Sometimes he would wander through
the streets looking for her, "but he
never found her. r
However, even without this he
could produce a satisfactory piece of
work. He knew that and workedi
hard. His unintentional frown when
h'e met other roomers on the stairs
soon taught them to leave him alone.
He had the reputation of being a
crank. That was what Mrs. James,
the landlady, told Miss Lucy Dexter.
"I'm sorry that I must give voir the
room next to his, my dear," she said
to the girl, "but as you can't pay
more than two that's the only one'
I can let you have at the price.
There's only his room and yours on
the top floor, but I guess he won't
annoy you, if you don't mind his
But Delia did mind his frown ter
ribly. She had not heen long in New
York, where she supported herself
as a stenographer in a law office.
She was homesick and unhappy, and.
she had no friends at all.
Blair scowled dreadfully when he 4
came to realize that the room next
to his was taken, and by a woman.
He never looked at Miss Dexter, but
hurried by, and as time passed her
presence only seemed to irritate hini
Delia's sympathetic heart was
touched by Blair's appearance. She
thought he did not have enough to
eat. She did not know that it was
overwork and worry that caused him
to get thinner and more haggard
looking as the -weeks went by. In fact
half the allotted time had gone and
the masterpiece was hardly begun.
Gradually a thought came into
Delia's head. She would help him",
despite .himself . Heneed never know
who it was that watched over hfm;
but, lonely herself, she would heln
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