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manor was known, Dale found half
a dozen young ladies, Nina amongst
them, and several young men already
in evidence. The "live wire" of the
occasion was Ransbm Lamar. He
suggested everything. Nina noted
that while the over officious brother
of her best friend, Helen, was active
in planning, he left the execution to
others. She observed, too, that he
cared less for provisions for .the gen
eral comfort, than for arrangements
as conduced to features where his
own selfish likes or dislikes were con
cerned. Dale stock went up very high in
the estimation of Nina when a se
rious break in the program occurred.
A servant came running from, the
house where a messenger from Hill
side had just arrived. He handed a
telegram to the self-appointed master
"The mischief!" uttered .Ransom,
his nerve going to pieces ''every
"Spoiled how? What?" scream
ed four young ladies at onbe. ,
"Orchestra- from the city wdn't ar
rive." "What? Oh, dear! No music "
"None, I reckon," portended Ran
some glumly. "Train wrecked, no
body hurt, but all the instruments
smashed or burned up in the baggage
There was a great babbling of sug
gestion. Finally it w4 decided to
move the piano to the bower which
took place, the lordly Ransom Lamar
Supervising, the dthers doing all the
The group had just got resigned to
the disappointment of the moment
when a second disturbing element
was announced. This was more se
rious than the first. The supply elec
tric current line had gone out of com
mission just oiitside of Hillside, caus
ed by a. breakdown of the main dyha
mb. Town ahd vicinity were notified
that there would be no electric lights,
until hew equipment could be secured
the following day.
"We will have to get a lot of
Chinese lanterns," decided Ransom.
"We must not let Helen know of
these mishaps," Nina said to Dale
"it would mar the whole evening .for
her. Cannot something be done?"
"I have been thinking," replied
Dale slowly "in fact I have an idea
that we may remedy the musical
and the light features. Won't you
come with me in the automobile,
Miss Wilson? Your company will
certainly inspire me to my best ef
forts to mend the situation for your
dear friend, Miss Lamar."
Within two hours Nina began to
get a faint glimmer of the real worth
iness of the young man who spbke
little but knew how to act in an
emergency. ' She could not but ad
mire his modest but effective execu
tive ability. j
"It will be the electric light plant
first," he toid her, very happy to have
her by his side.
He came out of the plant with a
radiantly hopeful face. The next
stop was a street corner in Hillside.
Nina stated wbnderingly at a Bight
of the itinerant street orchestra,
halting in their music and greeting
her escbrt as though, he were "some
cherished old 'friend. Dale was en
gaged in a-brief conversation with
the leader. 6t the little coterie.
"You surely brinjg good fortune,"
he told Nina warmly as they started
spinning on their way back to Wlnde
mere. "I am happy to tell you that
we shall have plenty of music, and
good music, too, and the electric
lighting just as planned."
"Oh, I am so glad!" responded Niiia
joyfully "f or dear Helen's sake, who
has counted so on all the pretty ar
rangements for a perfect .evening."
But immediately upon reaching
the manop Nina was called into in
stant service to console Helen.
Somebody had told the bride of the
existing trouble. Poor Helen had be
come, fairly hysterical. When Nina
relieved" her mind by citing the