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THE GIRL WHO DARED
By Augustus Goodridge Sherwin.
(Copyright by wTGvChapnian.)
Madcap Vi, they called her, and
she deserved the name. There was
nothing hoydenish about her. She
was rarely beautiful, but she loved to
be dared, and any piece of maidenly
Seated Herself on a Rock at the
mischief was welcome and recklessly
Behold her, then, the charm and
queen of a little circle of four, all
lively, fun-loving girls, and chatter
ing away like magpies over a new ar
rival in the famous summering dis
trict where only the rich and exclu
sive were wont to come.
"They say he is rich as Croesus and
a confirmed bachelor and woman
"And he has an isolated summer
cottage up in the hills where he can
enjoy his hermit proclivities to the
limit," remarked Eva Bliss scornfully..
"Let's visit him as militant suffra
gettes and worry him into paying
some attention to us," suggested Nel
"And make him fall in love with
some one of us," added Belle.
"Prom what I hear, it would take
a pretty smart lady to succeed in in
teresting this icicle-hearted wretch,"
"I never saw a man I couldn't
make notice me," declared Vi.
"Then you have a subject to prac
tice on who has defied feminine arts
successfully," spoke Nellie.
"Girls," vehemently exclaimed yi,
her bright eyes sparkling, her plump
cheeks blooming like the rose, "I'll
make you a wager I can make this
wonderful Mr. Linden propose to
"A five-pound box of chocolate that
you don't!" challenged Nellie. "My
brother Ned says that Mr. Linden is
"All right," nodded Vi confidently,
"wait and see."
There was spice and novelty in the
prospect amid the dullness of a week
when expected relatives and visitors
had not arrived. Vi formed her plans
without informing her curious chums
of their details.
"Where away, VI?" inquired Nellie,
the next morning, as Vi apeared in
bicycle trim, looking doubly charm
ing in her neat, comfortable garb.
"Oh, to find out something about
the ways and habitation of this won
derful Mr. Linden," replied Vi care
lessly. She returned at noon with a con
fident, secretive expression of coun
tenance that piqued her chums. All
three of them pressed her closely as
to the source of her evident exhilara
tion of spirit.
"I'm mum you shan't get a word
out of me," declared Vi "only, have
that five-pound box of chocolates
ready for me"