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drinks," said Openta. "You -would
f think him a dragon, but at heart
he is not an ahVnatured fellow.
."I gad ead do bore," said old man
Openta suddenly. He rose and placed
himself with his back, to the stove.
Odeskalki drew out, a fat silver
watch and scowled at it.
"Time for us to be off," he said
"It is really too bad' said Openta
to the bride, "but I could not seem
to make them understand. And if I
were to stay with you I should lose
my place. But next -week I shall be
put on the day shift. It was all I could
do to get off this afternoon to be
"When do you think you will come
back.?" said Olenka.
"Perhaps not before one or two
o'clock," said Openta.
"Tonight," said Odeskalki sulkily,
"there is to be a large dinner for men
given by a young man who is going
to be married. There will be a real
lake in the middle of the table, with
banks of ferns and red roses, and live
ducks swimming in it. It is impossible
to say when the affair will .break up,
for there will be a great deal of hard
drinking and not ordinary white
wine like this, I can tell you. Those
young fellows will not have anything
but the best imported champagne,
costing you, perhaps, six dollars the
bottle. That's the kind -of a feast to
"You see," said Openta gently,
"this envious fellow and I -will be kept
busy serving courses and drawing
corks until the last guest goes. There
will be eight of us waiters, one for
every four guests. But I will come
home as soon as may be, and I will
wake you up."
"But I shall not go to sleep until
you come," said Olenka.
Old manvOpenta, from his position
in front of the stove, suddenly cov
ered his face. He clutched the seat of
his trousers with both hands and
sprang forward. Then tears, came in
to his eyes and he began to tremble
"What has happened to you, fath
er?" cried Openta.
"Id is dotig," said the old man in
a choking voice. "I haf purned by
pridges pebind be."
Odeskalki scowled at the pld man.
"You ought to have known better
than to stand so close to the stove,,"
he said, "Come, Openta, or we shall
The old man scowled at Odeskalki.
The young men put on their over
coats. Openta hesitated, looked for a
moment sheepishly at Odeskalki, and
then, turning to the little bride, open
ed his arms with complete franknesB.
She ran into them.
Odeskalki fixed his handsome,
scowling eyes upon theni. 4'1 hope l
you will be happy,"" he said, "but J
do not think much ever comes o"fr ,
For two hours Odeskalki, Openta '
and six other waiters worked swiftly
to promote the comfort of thirty-two
young gentlemen who had come to
sit on the outer edges of a hollow
square and make beasts of them
selves. The hollow in the white linen
square was occupied by four de
scending banks of maidenhair and
roses which-terminated at the edges
of a square mirror-bottomed tank.
In the tank a pair of gorgeous ducks
swam. Occasionally food was tossed
to them in the shape of bread pellets,
celery ends and even olives, which
they ate with avidity. But the sup-c
ply became at length greater than the
demand,, and the water in the tank
began to look less like good Croton
than .bad soup. Whenever their
duties brought them close together 1
Odeskalki whispered sour comments -to
"Let them look to us for good man-
ners! That fellow with red hair has
no more breeding than a hog. Givei
me wealth and champagne, and 'I?
would not talk like a sewer."
He became more and more dis- r
pleased with bis own lot and was in-