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THE BITEfi BIT
By George Elmer Cobb.
(Copyright by-W. G. Chapman.)
"I would -do it, if it was only out of
spitef' declared Florence Wood.
"Do you consider MrRansom 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
' -de of the former, iowever, was
' - characteristic. Hers was a
u ?.nd 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, jn 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, miich
feted Mr. Ransom, anyway?" ques
tioned Norma of Florence, now.
"The 'remarkable' feature does no.t
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
time past." t
"And your idea, Florence, is
"I intend to pay back Verda 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 wrongfand
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 "
"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