; THE BITER BIT '
By George Elmer Cobb.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"I would do it, if it was only out of
spite!" declared Florence-Wood.
"Do you consider Mr. Ransom so
desirable a party that he is really
"I'd Do Most Anything to Get Even
With Verda Wayne."
worth .it?" challenged Norma Wil
liams. 'I'd do most anything to get even
with Verda Wayne!"
It was veritable school girl chatter,
the fiery pronouncement of a dark
skinned beauty and the vague com
ment of her companion. The atti
tude of the former, however, was
quite characteristic. Hers was a
strange and unhappy make-up. In a
way, Florence was handsome, bright
and, when she liked, almost fascinat
ing. Within a year, however, Well
ville had become divided into two so
cial factions. The acknowledge lead
er of the one Verda Wayne, had be
come the society rival of Florence.
Hence, war was imminent, in which
Florence was the aggressor.
Of course, the two factions kept
track of the doings one of the other,
and tried to outdo each in what the
other had done in the way of novel
entertainments and new fads.
"Who is this remarkable, much
feted Mr. Ransom, anyway?" ques
tioned Norma of Florence, now.
"The 'remarkable' feature does not
at all apply, according to my judg
ment," was the rather scornful reply.
"The source of my interest is that he.
is said to be engaged to Verda. He
is here on a visit to the family and
comes, from another state. A friend
of mine says that he is of a very
wealthy family. The Waynes have
boasted of their acquaintanceship
with the rich Ransoms for a long
"And your idea, Florence, is
"I intend to pay back Yerda for
some of the things she has done to
"Oh, you know very well!" retorted
Florence, with the pettishness of a
person consciously in the wrong and
nettled by that conviction. "She and
her set practically ignore us."
"Well, don't we have our own
crowd and lots of fun, as well as
they?" asked Norma pointedly.
"That isn't it. Before Verda came
upon the boards with her soft, smirk
ing way, I was consulted in every
thing going on. Now "m
"You just imagine all" that, dear,"
insisted Norma soothingly. "You are
quite the queen of our little- circle.
Let the Waynes go their way and
we ours. Come now, don't spoil your
pretty face with that disfiguring
scowl. With a dozen suitors at your
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