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the: second guest
By May De Vries
Rafferty, the did foreman of the
composing room In the big publish
ing house, was anunassuming man;
but the spirit of Christmas seemed in
the air and he stopped to speak to
Miss Latham, Mr. Angejl's stenogra
pher as he made his way upstairs
with a bundle of proofs under his
"Merry Christmas, Miss Latham!"
"A little premature, but thank you
very much, Mr. Rafferty," answered
the girl, smiling.
'"You see, I thought I might not see
you again before Christmas," Raffer
ty explained. "And Mrs. Rafferty's
never forgot your kindness in send
ing her those flowers when she was
sick last year."
"Now I'll tell you how it is, Miss
Latham," pursued the foreman, de
positing the proofs, which were
marked "hurry," upon her desk. "We
know your people live up-state and
we thought you mightn't take it
amiss if we asked you to come in
and eat your Christmas dinner wih
us, day after tomorrow. We've got
a turkey, and and there's no one to
help us eat it," he said disconsolately.
"So, as you live in the next block
we thought "
"Why, I'll come with, real pleasure,
Mr. Rafferty," answered Miss La
tham, grasping the foreman's inky
"At 2 o'clock," said Rafferty, evi
dently relieved. "Do you like sage
stuffing, Miss Latham?"
"I dote on it," the girl replied. And
Rafferty, reminding her of the time
again, took up his bundle and made
his way upstairs.
It was a cosy little apartment into
which Miss Latham penetrated on
Christmas day. There was scrupu
lous cleanliness and that evidence nf
a harmonious family -of two which 1
can be sensed the moment one opens
a door. And as the girl entered she
saw Mrs.- -Rafferty-struggUng under
the' weight -of a huge platter which
must have 'contained a giant among
Two minutes later Rafferty was
carving as tender and luscious a
bird as ever grew to maturity, while
Mrs. Rafferty, looking- a-little self
conscious, was apologizing for the
"Rut it's "a home, my .dear," she
said, "and that's better than a board-
"You See, I Thought I Mightn't See
You Again Before Christmas."
ing house, to eat one's Christmas
dinner in, i say. And it wasn't any
more for ypur sake than for ours. I
wanted you to come. Since we 1ntf
Michael it hasn't been any home to
"Michael?" inauired " the siri .
"Tbatjs an unusual name."
."Year, said Mrs. Rafferty. "He wu