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A SCRAP OF PAPER
By Mildred Caroline Goodridge
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"Such a time, brother Frank! I
never had a better-one, but it was sil
liness in its furtherest extreme at the
"I am interested," smiled Frank
Burton. "Miss "Virginia Leighton was
there, of course?"
"She was the life of the occasion,
"Then I am more than interested!"
declared the young man.
"Very well, we all got to talking of
ideals. You know my heart is pining
for a poet, a gentle, dreamful bard,
all sentiment and emotion. I suppose
my fate will be really one of these
worthy farmer boys around here, for
there's no one else to get.
"There is Hal Ferris."
"Oh, he has eyes only for Virginia."
"H'm!" muttered Frank disconso
lately. "Well, all the girls expressed their
ideas one pictured an artist lover,
another a matinee idol, another a
Croesus, another a general."
"And Miss Leighton?" queried
Frank, a slight quaver in his tone.
"Oh, she is literary, you know. She
scribbled off five lines and here they
are," and Kitty, taking a scrap of pa
per from her pocket, read:
" 'Fair must he be, and full of chiv
alry Tried, true and earnest, who would
win my love.
No ardent swain, who simply dreams
And never toils, Ambition's power to
This kind will win, all other swains
"Why, Frank, you are fair and chiv
alrous. How bravely you rescued
Miss Leighton from drowning! Ar
dent? Ah, no you are shy as a kit
ten when it comes to pressing your
claims when that blustering, forecful
Hal Ferris is about, AmbitiQusWhyl
aren't you going to the city next
week to become the greatest doctor
"Nonsense!" disclaimed Frank in
a subdued way. "I say, sis, let me
have this little scrap of paper, won't
you?" and the young man folded it
and placed it in the safest corner of
his pocketbook as though it -were a
He loved Virginia Leighton she
might not have guessed it, nor others
"She Was the Life of the Occasion."
suspected, but his heart was full of
her. Hal Ferris was his rival and
made no bones of it Miss Leighton
laughed at the pretensions of the
noisy young man. She was ever in
dulgent to Frank, but he attributed
this to her liking for his sister Kitty.
At all events, the next week Hal
went to the city to become a broker
and Frank to begin his medical prac
tice as assistant to a noted, .surgeon.
Both were at the. Leighton hoiae tha.
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