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A WIDOW'S STRATEGY
By George Munson
"That Miss Elsie Davis is a charm
ing girl and I congratulate you high
ly, Mr. Norton," said Mrs. Benton.
"But what a pity that she seems so
Warren Norton flushed deeply. He
resented Mrs. Benton's words, but he
knew that they were true.
Elsie and her mother were sum
mering at the Glen Pass hotel and
Warren Norton was spending his va
cation there. His pretty fiancee had
welcomed him with glee, and all had
gene well until the second day, when
Warren discovered that young Mrs.
Benton, the pretty widow, was the
sister of an old school friend.
A half hour's conversation on his
part with her had left Elsie in tears.
Recriminations followed, and War
ren, though the quarrel was patched
up, was left with a miserable feeling
that the future of himself and Elsie
threatened to be a gloomy one.
That evening Mrs. Benton made
pvertures to Elsie, who had regarded
her with sullen aversion from the
moment of their introduction. How
ever, the accomplished woman of the
world soon managed to thaw the
heart of the undisciplined, inexperi
"Yes, Warren is a dear boy," she
said, "but like most men, I am
"What do you mean by that?" de
manded Elsie, flying to arms at once
-on Warren's behalf.
"I mean, dear, that a pretty face
would turn his head. A man's heart
may be loyal but the best of them
cannot resist passing attraction."
"It is not true!" cried Elsie, turn
"Unfortunately it is true, my dear,"
replied the widow, laying one hand
caressingly upon her arm. "It is only
too true and I can prove' it to you."
"By bringing your Warren, to my 1
feet within two days," Mrs. Benton
answered. "Of course, I don't mean
that he would lose his loyalty to you,
my dear. But a new face even
mine would make him lose his
"You can't do it," cried Elsie
scorngully. "But I will let you try,
Mrs. Benton, and if you succeed I
will have nothing more to do with
"My dear, I am afraid that if you
take that view you are dooming your-
"It Is Not True.".
self to perpetual celibacy," answered
the elder woman as she walked away.
The next few days were wretched
ones for Elsie. Tnie, Mrs. Benton
did not succeed within the period that
she had allotted herself, but it was
evident that Warren was strongly in
fatuated with her. There were an
gry scenes between the engaged cou
ple. To Elsie's astonishment Warren,
who had. always been so penitent and
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