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"Perhaps," breathed Dorothy.
It was settled,-and the girl's heart
beat fast as he led her back to the
table, where Sanford gave her a kind
ly scolding for sitting out with the
man. He did not know the secret of
his birth, and Dorothy felt honored
in keeping it to herself. Sanford took
her home, laughed at her enthusiasm
and said good-by. He never dreamed
what plan was in Dorothy's head.
On the next night Dorothy, inno
cent, went to the cabaret alone. Tim
idly she sat at a table. She did not
know what to order. Before she had
answered the waiter a young man
came up to her and invited her to
dance. The leer on his face struck
Dorothy cold with terror.
Suddenly, with a bound, her friend
of the night before was at her side.
"Get out of here!" he stormed at
the other, who withdrew grudgingly.
A moment later Dorothy saw him
laughing with the slim blonde worn-,
an. It might have seemed curious,
but all her attention was concen-.
tr ted on the young man at her side.
Shq told him her own story, of the
pent-in life in th country home, her
rich old father, absorbed in monej
making, her loneliness in Now York.
"But you need an escort,'' said the
young man. "May I bo privileged to
call myself your friend'" I can show
you life the real life. ..."
On the next evening he called for
her in a taxicab and took her to half
a dozen cabarets Dorothy had an
impression of a whirl of music, dan
cing, and laughter. The young man
had no change and Dorothy paid the
taxicab bill twenty-two dollars. She
had an idea that the cab driver smil
ed when he took the young man
St Clair -that was his name had
explained how his share of his grand
father's property was being held up
pending a lawsuit It wou.ld be a
matter of a few weeks only. Doro
thy, with all the money she jieeded, I
bad offered to be his banker. The;
next day she bought him a diamond,
pin. He had said he had lost his pjn.
How surprised he would be at the'
He was. And, always respectful,,,
he took her here and there and'
everywhere. The girl's eyes were
opening fast Their comradeship, so
frank and friendly, took on a softer
note. She let him bold her hand.
Once he kissed it, and she thrilled
He was to 'call and take her to a
private theatrical entertainment
very exclusive, very elite. Dorothy
was surprised that it was to be given
in a private house, but she went up?
stairs without demur. They were the
first guests. Excusing himself a mo
ment, the young man withdrew, leav
ing the girl alone in the dimly-Ht
It was a two-room apartment, with
a curtain in the middle. Dorothy be
gan to grow uneasy She heard foot
steps and suddenly two men and a
woman the slim blonde burst in.
"There she is!" shrieked the wom
an, "0 you hussy! I'll teach you
I'll tear your eyes out "
She struggled wildly in the grip of
the men, while Dorothy, white with
terror, waited mutely.
"Well, miss, we've trapped you,"
said one of the men. "We are de
tectives from the Dolf agency. If
you've got any friends you'd best
communicate with them, for Mrs.
Seaforth here means to prosecute
her divorce suit through thick and
Before Dorothy had quite taken in
his meaning the second man, seizing
advantage while his comrade strug
gled with the blonde, came quietly up
"Five hundred will square it and
we'll swear we never found you," he
whispered. "Come, give me your note
all your money and an L O. U. It's
safest, and you won't have any pub
licity." At last Jheirl rjwHzed the trap4aj.