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THE GIRL IN GREEN
By George Munson.
11 (Copyright by W. G." Chapman.)
"There.she is! 'The Girl in Green,' "
Aid John Latham, unveiling his new
$ completed painting.
' Miss Agnes Manton uttered a little
- "Why, John, dekr, that is that is
perfect!" she exclaimed. "Only I
II t l yKf
Smash! Rip! Rip! Rip!
am sure you have grossly flattered
"Not a bit of it, my dear," protested
her fiance. "You are prettier far
than my poor efforts have shown
you on the canvas. And this picture
is going to make my reputation."
Heaven knew he needed that it
should. John was a struggling artist,
just rising out of the ruck. He was
twenty-nine; Agnes was only two or
three years younger, and they had
been engaged for several years. A
struggling artist had little chance of
making enough to support a wife in
However, though it had not been
sold, one of John's pictures had been
accepted for exhibition by the Royal
Academy the summer before, and he
had little doubt that this would be
"hung." Perhaps it would attract the
notice of a rich purchaser. Then
they could be married.
"How much is it we said we want
ed, dear?" asked John. "A thousand
pounds, wasn't it, to begin,"
"We could do it on five hundred,
John," answered the girl.
"But we agreed that we wanted a
thousand pounds to fit out our house
nicely with antique furniture" like
most poor people John had extrava
gant aspirations "and really start in
comfortably and defy the wolf?" ,
"That would be nice," Agnes an
swered. "Very well, dear. I shall insure this
for a thousand, and I shall place that
price upon it," said John. "And I
won't take a penny less, either."
A month later, to his delight, John
received an intimation from the
Royal Academy to the effect that his
picture was to be placed on exhibi
tion. On Varnishing Day he and
Miss Manton went to look at it. Both
feared that it had been "skied." But
it had not been skied. On the con
trary, it occupied a very prominent
position low down, next to the door
leading from the first to the second
"Just the place where it will at
tract attention!" exclaimed Agnes
joyfully. "Everybody will see it star
ing at them the moment they come
in at the door."
The day of the opening of the ex
hibition was one of fine weather, and
vast crowds of fashionable and
would-be fashionable people attend
ed, together with a sprinkling who
were genuinely interested in art. John
and Agnes, inconspicuous among the
crowds, watched their picture from a
near place, while pretending to dis
play interest in others.
'Hum! 'Girl in Green,' is she!"
1 snorted a stout old gentleman. 'Girl