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j By Augustus Goodrich Sherwin
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
Miss Victoria Dallemand, hand
some, but haughty because purse-
', proud and intoleranCturned from the
driver of the big van that contained
a part of the furniture of the house
She noted that a pair of clear, in
telligent eyes showed from under the
soiled and creased sombrero worn by
the driver and his manner was that
of a cultured gentleman. Still, his
vocation was humble, his clothing
. rough, his present position 'on a par
with the family coachman.
"Will you kindly tell the men with
' the second van to take the hill road
wnen the conveyance arrives?" he
had asked courteously.
Miss Dallemand bestowed upon him
a chilling stare. A slight smile passed
over the face of the young man. It
was so enigmatical, and withal so
susceptible of fine generations of an
alysis that the companion of the ex-
' cjusive Miss Dallemand was influ
enced to pay attention to him. She
was only Lucia Parr, poor and an or
phan, but a favorite with Victoria.
She deprecated the autocratic action
of her friend. It was' so simple and
natural a task to answer civilly, and
she said impulsively:
"I will deliver your message, sir,"
"Thank you," and the keen, mirth
ful eyes of the driver, whom his pres
ent companions called "Wharton,"
flashed her a signal of appreciation,
and of admiration, too, that caused
, Lucia to flush deeply.
, "Why, Lucia," observed Miss Dal
lemand in tones of open reproach.
. "These underlings are too familiar
"T as it is, without encouraging them."
- "I fancied the young man was very
"- courteous and handsome," added
Lucia, with a twinkle in her eye, and
she made good her promise when the
- j second van arrived.
Tie Dallemand&were about to take
up summer quarters at Haven Cove,
where they had a sumptuous home
near Clearwater lake. It was their
custom to do this each year. In the
absence of her father and mother
Miss Dallemand had assumed charge
of affairs. She was sent to the town,
as was usual, to secure a moving
crew, and the first van, carrying the
piano, some book cases and other
special furnishings, was now jogging
At Least a Dozen Times the- Van
along down the road, driven by
The young man was an accom
plished driver. He showed that in the
way he managed the team, but his
two helpers were unruly comrades.
Armed with several bottles, they
threw themselves upon a heap of
mattresses piled in one corner of the
great wagon and ordered Wharton to
give them the word when they ar
rived at their destination